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Arsenal: Graham Potter’s Brighton expose Ljungberg

Unai Emery’s sacking has not led to an immediate upturn in results for Arsenal. The immediate impact that was expected from Freddie Ljungberg’s selection as interim manager, non-existent. Two so-called ‘easy’ fixtures against Norwich and Brighton, you’d expect at a minimum 4 points. Instead under the former winger, they’ve managed 1 point out of the 6 available. The Gunners need a new and established manager NOW.

Though many of the fans saw an improvement in terms of performance against Norwich, the result shone through. Not in a good way. Drawing 2-2 away at Carrow Road against a side that are in the relegation zone is not acceptable. Granted it was Ljungberg’s first game and he hardly ran a full training session before it. But that side is more than good enough to beat the Canaries. The defense is horrendous and as Gary Neville said, Sokratis, Mustafi and Luiz are uncoachable.

So the Arsenal interim boss was given a free pass on the first game. As he deservedly should’ve. However, the game today at the Emirates against Brighton highlights the inexperience of Ljungberg. Playing Ozil and Aubameyang on the wings whilst playing Joe Willock in attacking midfield? It’s not even tactics at this point, just a lack of common sense.

Full credit to the Seagulls too who have been excellent under new manager Graham Potter. They took all 3 points with Aaron Mooy controlling play from midfield, setting up Neal Maupay for the winner. 2-1 away from home, they’ll be on the bus back to the coast with an impressive result.

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You can’t blame him considering it’s his 2nd game in management. It’s more of an indication to the board that they need to act fast. Managerial options are there on the market that a club like Arsenal can attract. They need to take the opportunity by the scruff of the neck. Giving their legend the job until the end of the season could be catastrophic. Lower mid-table or worst come worst, a relegation battle. Forcing out Arsene Wenger wasn’t the best move now was it, eh?

Arsenal can’t make the same mistake as Manchester United

An era of stability and consistency had left with the Frenchman. Arsenal fans are now fearing a Manchester United situation: Becoming a sacking club. Managers aren’t going to stay at clubs for 5, 10 or 15 years like they used to. That’s the nature of the modern game. However, Pochettino has shown he can rebuild teams on a low budget. Pay the £12 million compensation and go for him. The red of North London is a giant in global football and need to start acting like one.

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