Ljungberg Confident Arsenal Will Finish in EPL Top-4 This Season

December 2, 2019
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Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg is confident the Gunners have the quality to finish in the top-four after their 2-2 away draw against Norwich City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Carrow Road.

Ljungberg took over from Unai Emery who was sacked on Friday following a poor run of results.

A brace from skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, secured a share of the points for Arsenal. Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell were the scorers of Norwich’s goals.

The draw means Arsenal, who have now gone eight consecutive games without a win, sit eighth on 19 points in the league table, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

And when asked if Arsenal can earn a Champions League berth in this campaign Ljungberg replied: “100 per cent”.

“People drop points here and there, we drop points, so it’s a bit of a crazy league at the moment. But of course I think Arsenal can go back to the top four,” he said.

“I don’t know if you saw it, but when we went 1-0 down, the players weren’t shaking their heads, they were actually going ‘come on guys we can sort this out’. That shows they believe they are quality players.

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Freddie Ljungberg

“I’m extremely proud of the players that they came back twice, especially as they scored just before half-time. You get that and morale goes down but they came out fighting and got it done.

“We need to change a negative trend plus, with our run that was a difficult game and the players did really well.”

Ljungberg, a two-time Premier League winner, reveals he is in the process of finalising the makeup of his temporary backroom team and vows to adopt a straightforward approach with Arsenal’s players.

“Normally a pre-season is five-six weeks and you can implement how you want to play football but I don’t have that,” he explained.

“I just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo so people can understand and practice. Now players need to recover and we’ll probably get one and a half sessions but that’s football.

“I just try to make things simple as possible and hopefully we get better.”

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