Freddie Ljungberg went into Arsenal’s trip to another of his former clubs, West Ham United, last night looking for his first win in charge at the third attempt.
Angelo Ogbonna’s opening goal meant the Gunners went in at half time 1-0 down and their abject performance on the night and poor overall away record meant that hopes of a comeback looked slim.
But Ljungberg was able to inspire a comeback, thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and clinch a much-needed victory.
Mesut Ozil will always attract criticism, and some fans have pointed out that the poor run of form which led to Unai Emery’s sacking came at the same time he was brought back into the side.
But there was plenty of praise for the midfielder on Twitter in the aftermath of last night’s victory, having played the full 90 minutes.
Ozil is adept at unlocking deep defences and with the pace that Arsenal now have all around him, he should be able to pick a pass out.
Manchester City are up next and represent the kind of high-octane opponent Ozil generally struggles against. That said, they look fragile at the moment and the fans will hope that the playmaker can take full advantage.
INCREDIBLE 2nd half by you. You showed again today why you are the KING of football. Keep it up bro. MY GOAT❤️?
— Kendaf – M1Ö〽️? (@JustGaming09) December 9, 2019
Loved your jumping celebration and that scream bro. ???
— Aubazettes (@Aubazettes) December 9, 2019
MOTM for me
— ShafkaGooner (@Shafka_Gunner) December 9, 2019
Everyone loves you Mesut. There’s always a reason.
— Arsene Wenger (@deb_sene) December 9, 2019
Everyone should love him. Or, at least, respect him.
— Uncle Mike – Wartime Consigliere (@MichaelPacholek) December 9, 2019
Good game Özil . Keep up the good work . Wow we all share the same feeling today . A spark of joy and confidence in Arsenal . This win was badly needed . Let’s raise the tempo against ManCity . #COYG #M1Ö
— Swarit Sohaard (@SSohaard) December 9, 2019
Form is Temporary But Class is Permanent @MesutOzil1088
— Kiptoo Cheserek (@NdovuKiptoo) December 9, 2019
Absolutely class tonight son
— Liam Sumpter (@Wet_Boiiiiiiiii) December 9, 2019
love you mate x
— WILL ? (@WPresland) December 9, 2019