Former Arsenal midfielder Charlie Nicholas has criticised stand-in manager Freddie Ljungberg’s team selection in the opening match of his reign against Norwich.
Ljungberg’s side were fortunate to collect a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road before losing his first home match in charge 2-1 to Brighton last night.
Trying to predict the outcome of Arsenal’s trip to West Ham on Monday, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “These are two teams in a right mess. I saw more fight from Arsenal at Norwich, but it was a disaster defensively and a crazy team selection from Freddie Ljungberg.
“West Ham will be up for it, as will Arsenal – they have a chance of catching up and getting back in the top six. A bit of momentum can get you there. They have class up top, but West Ham are not showing a lot at the moment. 1-3.”
TBR’s View – Ljungberg has shuffled the pack but failed to make an immediate impact
Arsenal fans might have hoped that Ljungberg, having been around the squad all season, might have had an alternative tactical plan up his sleeve.
He’s trying reshuffling the backline – at Norwich – and the forward line – against Brighton – but to no avail. Arsenal still look worryingly frail defensively and devoid of confidence and speed going the other way.
Arsenal should have learned their lesson from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in terms of appointing a popular interim manager quickly, but Ljungberg’s early struggles should make the need for an experienced new manager even plainer.