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Reprieve for Shkodran Mustafi looks like first Arsenal mistake for Freddie Ljungberg

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Reprieve for Shkodran Mustafi looks like first Arsenal mistake for Freddie Ljungberg

The German made his first start of the season for the Gunners.

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the Gunners for the first time in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Norwich City.

The Gunners were forced to fight back twice at Carrow Road and the Swede will have been left with more questions than answers.

With it being his first game in charge of the team, Ljungberg was clearly keen to put his own stamp on the team.

One interesting decision was to hand Shkodran Mustafi his first league start of the 2019/20 campaign.

It wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that it proved to be his first mistake in charge of the Gunners.

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The World Cup winner turned his back on Norwich’s first goal and looked rather shaky throughout.

 

Unai Emery had chosen to use the 27-year-old sparingly this season. Although he has featured in every Europa League game, he hadn’t even been in a squad for a league game until last weekend.

Emery had been right to throw the £90,000-a-week (Spotrac) enforcer on the scrapheap. He was largely erratic last season. Alongside David Luiz, it means the Gunners have two defenders with a mistake in the locker.

Whether Ljungberg persists with Mustafi when Rob Holding recovers from injury remains to be seen.

Given Mustafi’s haphazard nature, it would be wise for the boss to trust youth and hand Holding a run of games.

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Who Scored highlight that Mustafi made just one tackle yesterday. That simply isn’t good enough and Arsenal fans will hope that Mustafi doesn’t earn a long-term reprieve.

Based on yesterday’s performance, bringing Mustafi in from the cold looks like Ljungberg’s first big mistake.

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