Freddie Ljungberg explains why he has axed Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal squad

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 7:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Advertisement He continued: ‘With one day to train things you need to take small steps to get better, but of course we want to get the points and that’s why we’re here.‘We need to play good football and then they [the fans] will be with us. The only thing I hope is maybe sometimes if we make a mistake, the fans are with us. They give the players that little extra lift and then we will play some good football I think.’MORE: ‘No team can defend against that’ – Freddie Ljungberg teaches new approach in Arsenal trainingMORE: Thierry Henry warns it will take time for Freddie Ljungberg to turn Arsenal aroundMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City There was no place for the German centre-back in the 18-man squad to face Brighton (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg admits Arsenal were too open at the back in their last outing against Norwich and has taken Shkodran Mustafi out of the squad that faces Brighton on Thursday as a result.The German, along with centre-back partner David Luiz, were both at fault as the Gunners conceded twice in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in Ljungberg’s first game in charge – a result that means they have not won a Premier League match since the start of October.Ljungberg makes his Emirates bow tonight and has made three changes from his first match, with Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin all starting. Freddie Ljungberg explains why he has axed Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal squadcenter_img Comment Ljungberg says he has been working on stopping counter-attacks in training (Picture: Getty)But far from just dropping to the bench, Mustafi has been omitted from the 18-man squad entirely for the visit of Brighton, and Ljungberg feels he did not need another centre-back with Calum Chambers able to play there.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about his changes, Ljungberg told Amazon Prime Video: ‘If we look at the Norwich game I think offensively we took a big step, how we played and how we kept the ball.‘But we were very vulnerable on the counter-attack and that’s what we’ve tried to rectify and tried to sort out in training and maybe with the line-up a little bit.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalProbed on Mustafi not even having a place on the bench, Ljungberg added: ‘No, we need to find a balance between the team, and we have Calum for example who can play in different positions so that’s just about the balance of the team.’Ljungberg, who made over 300 appearances for Arsenal as a player, admits it will be a bit strange to sit in the manager’s chair in the Emirates dugout but is hopeful of getting a good result.📍 Emirates Stadium👋 @FreddieThat welcome from Charlie George 🤩#ARSBHA— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 5, 2019 Advertisementlast_img