Freddie Ljungberg will need to get his feet under the desk quickly as he sets about reviving the fortunes of Arsenal. The Swede was handed the managerial reigns after Unai Emery’s sacking last week.
The ex-Gunners midfielder oversaw his first game on Sunday. His charges drew 2-2 with Norwich City having twice been forced to come from behind.
Carrow Road isn’t an easy place to go and that point will be banked. Ljungberg will now turn his attention towards Brighton at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Mesut Ozil wasn’t exactly flavour of the month under Emery. He has started the final four matches of his tenure but the relationship between the pair was seemingly strained.
Ljungberg chose to utilise the ex-Germany international on the left-wing. It didn’t really go according to plan and perhaps it will be an early lesson learned for the new interim boss.
Ozil’s pass success on Sunday was up at 98% (Who Scored) but he just isn’t involved in the game enough out on the flank.
The 31-year-old is far more effective and efficient playing in behind a striker. Ljungberg’s best chance of success with Ozil in the team is by playing him as a number 10.
With Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang craving service, it seems almost foolish not to play Ozil in his natural position.
If the new Gunners boss can get the German back to his best then Arsenal could fly back up the league table.
He will be desperate to prove a point to his former boss and prove that he is still capable of being a top player.
Despite playing Ozil out of position, he still looked okay. He just wasn’t as effective as he might have been had he been operating with a free role behind the lone striker.
Ljungberg will learn on the job and just by starting Ozil he will have pleased a lot of Arsenal supporters. Only time will tell where he sees him playing regularly as the season progresses.