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Why Freddie Ljungberg should use this Arsenal XI and Formation henceforth

Freddie Ljungberg speaking to Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. [Image: Getty]

Following Arsenal’s disastrous 1-2 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, it is clear that the team urgently needs help and so does interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.

To be honest, I wasn’t exactly expecting our Swedish legend to snap his fingers and get the Arsenal team playing greatly again in just his second game in charge.

I really want to back him plus I know he needs time, even though we are fast running out of it. This is why I’ve taken out time to address the issue of his selection and formation. Because he seems to be getting it all wrong.

I’ll go straight to business…


Bernd Leno has more than earned his number 1 spot in-between the sticks for Arsenal this season. In fact, he’s among the reason why we are not sitting in 16th spot on the table right now.


This is the hardest part, because we do not actually have better options.

Unai Emery tried David Luiz and Sokratis centre-back partnership from August till he was sacked in November. Ljungberg has done so once but picking Luiz twice and still no improvements.

I’d say we revert to the only decent centre-back partnership that we have seen actually worked at some point this season? Holding/Mustafi, Chambers/Holding, Chambers/Mustafi. At least let’s give two of this pairing back to back Premier League chance together.

The right and left back option is simple. Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney.

Defensive Midfielders

Enough with the sentiments and dilly dallying, we need protection at the back from a natural defensive midfielder and that person is Lucas Torreira.

Matteo Guendouzi can work well alongside Torreira but MUST be told NOT to drift too far forward and forget he is a defensive midfielder.

Attacking Midfielders

Without mincing words, Nicolas Pepe (Right Wing), Mesut Ozil (Centre Attacking Midfield) and Gabriel Martinelli (Left Wing).

You might have a different opinion, but this right here is our best attacking threat going forward in my own view.


We only have the luxury of one strikers upfront because of the formation and tactics we’d be using with this lineup.

And that only striker upfront is none other than our first choice highest goal scoring striker Aubameyang. Lacazette can interchange much later.

Now moving on to the formation and tactics.

It’s a 4-2-3-1 Formation with Leno in goal, Holding and Chambers in centre-back with Bellerin and Tierney as right-back and left-back respectively.

Going forward, we will employ a double pivot defensive midfield system featuring Torreira and Guendouzi.

While Ozil will be flanked by Pepe and Martinelli in attack, with Aubameyang at the receiving end of services from the above trio.


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