Arsenal fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion and in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd on Thursday evening.
The match at the Emirates Stadium was described by many Arsenal fans as an improvement on the previous games leading to the sacking of former manager Unai Emery.
So why didn’t we win? What exactly went wrong? Here are two major reason why we lost at home to Brighton.
We can go on and on about our leaking defence and how cheaply we gift goals to opposition team in recent times.
But against Graham Potter’s Brighton side, It was more of playing the wrong formation coupled with playing a few players out of position.
Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang where deployed as left and right wingers respectively, which in my opinion, limited our chances going forward because in all honesty, both players where wasted out wide.
Aubameyang is not a winger and if he is not playing up top or as a second striker, there is no point wasting him in the wings. Freddie Ljungberg should have used an out-and-out winger such as Nicolas Pepe.
I really do not know what Ljungberg has seen in Joe Willock that he decided to hand him the “behind-the-striker-role” instead of Ozil. The kid doesn’t seem overly confident in that role yet and it was evident in the stray pass he gave to Aubameyang in the first half, which is one of many errors he has made in the last two games.
Simply put, Ljungberg should revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation and use the right players in the right position. Wingers should play on the wings and strikers leading the line accordingly.
Against Brighton, it was more evident that the Arsenal players are at their lowest confidence level point so far.
The team did put in a decent fight, but as soon as Brighton scored, you could see the players head drop down and that showed a huge lack of confidence. It was as though they knew they won’t be able to come back.
Honestly, for a team like Arsenal who are usually highly dependent on their confidence level, the Gunners will continue to struggle unless results begin to go their way.
It must be said that this isn’t Ljungberg’s fault. bulk of the team’s confidence level was seriously dampened by Unai Emery.