Arsenal were easily beaten by Manchester City yesterday. The reigning champions secured a 3-0 victory thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne brace and Raheem Sterling.
Freddie Ljungberg has won just one of the five matches he has overseen on an interim basis and something needs sorting quickly.
The Gunners are seven points adrift of fourth place and a return to the Champions League looks increasingly unlikely.
Sacking Unai Emery hasn’t had the desired effect. Ljungberg hasn’t enjoyed a new manager bounce and it seems nonsensical to hand him the job permanently.
Despite his struggles, a former player has taken to Twitter to speak of one thing that he is pleased to see Ljungberg doing.
Bacary Sagna spent seven years with Arsenal and he took to social media after yesterday’s game.
Whilst the game proved difficult he did praise Ljungberg for utilising Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka:
— Bacary Sagna (@Sagnaofficial) December 16, 2019
Martinelli got the nod to start the game once again and he looks set for a bright future.
Saka was introduced as a substitute following an injury to Sead Kolasinac. Despite playing left-back, he looked sharp, vibrant and was full of running.
Playing youngsters doesn’t look like a bad plan in the current situation.
Experienced professionals like Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil have come under fire from supporters and perhaps Ljungberg is on the right track in utilising the academy talent.
Sagna played for some successful Arsenal teams and he is clearly of the opinion that the younger players should be given more chances to shine.
The management situation at the Emirates Stadium needs addressing quickly. Falling further behind in the race for the top-four is unthinkable and whoever comes in will need to hit the ground running.