Arsenal: Freddie Ljungberg has flatlined and lifeless Gunners are heading south

Mikel Arteta’s pained expression, caught on camera as he watched Manchester City embarrass and dismantle Arsenal, could be interpreted in a variety of ways by the cynics. Pep Guardiola’s highly regarded assistant could have been frustrated by Manchester City’s failure to add to the tally that gave them a 3-0 half-time lead – or maybe he had let his mind wander to the horror that might await him should he become Arsenal’s preferred target to succeed sacked Unai Emery. Former Gunners midfielder Arteta was, of course, fully focused on Manchester…

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Arsenal came from behind to end their nine-match winless streak as Freddie Ljungberg enjoyed his first victory as interim manager at the expense of his former club West Ham.

Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Martinelli marked his full Premier League debut by side-footing an equaliser which cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s deflected first-half opener at London Stadium. Within nine minutes, Nicolas Pepe had curled a magnificent second into the top corner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired in a third. The salvo turned the game on its head and piled the pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have taken four points from their past nine league games and conceded three times in three successive home games. The Hammers remain a point above…

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Arsenal: Freddie Ljungberg should not get manager’s job on long-term basis – Chris Sutton

Freddie Ljungberg is not the right man to manage Arsenal on a long-term basis, said former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton. Ex-Gunners midfielder Ljungberg, 42, is in interim charge of the club after they sacked Unai Emery last month. “Freddie said he was 100% sure they would get into the top four but based on what? It’s fantasy,” said Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club. “They need to get someone in place that they are going to get a reaction from.” Ljungberg, who played for Arsenal between 1998…

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Norwich 2-2 Arsenal: ‘Astonishing how often Gunners just retreat’ – Martin Keown analysis

If Freddie Ljungberg wants to be Arsenal manager for any length of time, he has to change what the Gunners do when they are not in possession. It was bad enough watching their defensive display in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Norwich first time around but, when I went through the game again for our analysis on MOTD2, it was apparent just how poor they are at that part of the game. Watching clip after clip of them in the cold light of day, it was almost astonishing how often Arsenal…

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