Arsenal made a return to winning ways with a 3-1 win over West Ham United last night.
Three second-half goals in nine minutes completed a magnificent turnaround for the Gunners to lift morale.
Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the goals, with Angelo Ogbonna opening the scoring for the Hammers.
The win was the first in three games for Freddie Ljungberg since he took the managerial reigns on an interim basis.
Arsenal’s ex-midfielder stepped into the role after the club’s decision to part company with Unai Emery last month.
The Spaniard was in charge for 18 months and left following a miserable run of form.
Ljungberg clearly has the club’s best interests at heart and he will undoubtedly work tirelessly to revive fortunes.
After last night’s game he issued an emotional message to the club’s supporters on Twitter:
We’ve missed this winning feeling! Well done to the players and thank you to our fans, you don’t realise how much your support helps us. Keep sticking with us! pic.twitter.com/yRX7TD373e
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) December 10, 2019
Following his heartfelt post, the Gunners incumbent received a response from a former Gunner.
Gilberto Silva enjoyed six successful years in North London, playing 244 games and scoring 24 goals.
A former team-mate of Ljungberg’s he enjoyed many good days in an Arsenal shirt under legendary boss Arsene Wenger.
He left in 2008 to sign for Panathinaikos but clearly still follows the fortunes of the Gunners and tweeted Ljungberg last night:
Well done ??
— Gilberto Silva (@GilbertoSilva) December 10, 2019
It will take more than one win over a struggling West Ham to convince the Arsenal board to hand Ljungberg a more permanent gig.
It’s a good start though and any win is bound to raise confidence within the squad.
Arsenal face Manchester City next in the Premier League and their joy could be shortlived.
City haven’t been their usual fluent self this season and a positive result against Pep Guardiola’s team might see more people take Ljungberg’s credentials more seriously.