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‘Far from convincing’: Garth Crooks thinks Freddie Ljungberg needs to tighten up Arsenal’s defence

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‘Far from convincing’: Garth Crooks thinks Freddie Ljungberg needs to tighten up Arsenal’s defence

Garth Crooks added that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is carrying Arsenal.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes Freddie Ljungberg needs to improve Arsenal’s defence as a matter of priority.

Crooks included Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his ‘Team of the Week’ (on the BBC website). But he added that the Gunners striker cannot do it all alone.

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Norwich City in Ljungberg’s first game since taking over from Unai Emery. Ljungberg is the interim manager of Arsenal but he could not make an immediate improvement to the defence, which looked shaky throughout.

Crooks on Arsenal

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In his team of the week feature on the BBC website, Crooks wrote: “Fortunately they have Aubameyang, who couldn’t save Unai Emery’s job but did save Arsenal’s blushes against Norwich at Carrow Road.

 

“The Gabon forward kept his cool under enormous pressure to finish with a retaken penalty, and then pulled the Gunners from the brink of defeat with a sensational finish. However, Arsenal’s performance under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg was far from convincing. As for their defending? Well, that was a joke.”

TBR’s view

Arsenal’s defence was very worrying yesterday and Ljungberg needs to think carefully about his team selection. Shkodran Mustafi was recalled to the starting XI for the Premier League match but he was exposed by Norwich’s attack.

It might be time to give Rob Holding a chance. Ljungberg left Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin on the bench and all three options could improve Arsenal in the near future.

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