There’s an air of anticipation now that Unai Emery has gone. His interim replacement, Freddie Ljungberg, has it all to do in every aspect imaginable but that’s part of the excitement of this appointment.
Freddie is an Arsenal man and a firm fan favourite, who is looking to restore morale, unity and collective responsibility, whilst installing attacking flair to the side’s DNA. His first concern will be the Gunners defence, which has more holes than a teabag and has suffered further problems due to poor and inconsistent selection.
Noticeably, the omission of Torreira has been a major factor but I’ve no doubt that Ljungberg will play the Uruguayan until the Swede either secures the job permanently or hands over to the next manager.
During Emery’s time in the post, his selection process became almost baffling, as if he had to push against the obvious and logical choices. Why else continue to leave out key players, especially when results were poor.
Freddie Ljungberg was a member of Wenger’s Invincibles and one would hope that the Swede has noted that Wenger was a great believer in relative stability in his sides. They had style and flair, yet you could easily pick the best available 11 yourself, unless there were injuries.
Everyone is up for consideration at this point and Freddie may throw in a surprise or two in the coming weeks but it will inevitably be the strongest team in his opinion and the rotation policy may have left along with Emery.
Perhaps, we will finally see Luiz alongside Torreira as a defensive shield or perhaps Callum Chambers will partner Rob Holding in the centre of defence. I expect Bellerin and Tierney to start putting in regular appearances and perhaps Ozil and Ceballos may become the regular creative duo. There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to, especially if Arsenal rediscover their missing panache.
Under Freddie we may well see Willock partner Smith Rowe, Saka and Nelson could feature regularly or perhaps John-Jules will form a partnership with Martinelli. Mavropanos may finally live up to his billing and secure his position in the side or perhaps Tolaji Bola and Zech Medley will come of age.
Today, everything seems a little more possible than it did and fans will certainly be there for Freddie who they consider to be one of their own as he attempts to jump start Arsenal’s season.
As I said in an earlier blog, Per Mertesacker is to be drafted in to assist Freddie and the two should be able to reinvigorate this tired and spiritless side. Formidable is a good word for this duo, let’s hope that in the short time they’ve had with the squad, they can restore the faith.