Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg has this evening discussed both his future with the club, and his decision to substitute Mesut Ozil versus Manchester City.
The Gunners welcomed Pep Guardiola’s Citizens to the Emirates a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.
Arsenal headed into proceedings hoping to build on their previous league result, which saw the north Londoners bring to an end a run of 9 games without a win across all competitions.
A trip to capital rivals West Ham eventually saw the visitors notch a 3-1 victory, courtesy of a blitzing 10-minute stretch in the second-half.
When all was said and done this evening, though, Arsenal were brought firmly back down to earth.
A Kevin De Bruyne-inspired City made short work of their hosts, en route to a comfortable 3-0 win.
6 – Arsenal had just six shots in their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City – their fewest in a home Premier League game since December 2008 against Liverpool (also six). Limp. #ARSMCI pic.twitter.com/sP8KkPZujx
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2019
‘Needs to be cleared up’
Evidently, based on the result at the Emirates this evening, a number of Arsenal’s stars performed well below their best versus Man City.
One of these players was Mesut Ozil, with the German midfielder having been left visibly frustrated after being hooked by Freddie Ljungberg just shy of the hour-mark.
As such, speaking in his post-match press conference, Ljungberg was inevitably drawn on his decision to haul Ozil off.
And the interim Arsenal boss appeared to aim a dig at his side’s no.10 with his response:
‘We wanted to have possession but when we don’t you have to run and tackle. Emile (Smith Rowe) did well in Belgium and I wanted to give him a chance.’
Ljungberg was then questioned on his future on the Emirates bench, with the Swede having urged the Arsenal board to make a definitive decision on the club’s managerial situation:
‘For me, it’s a great honour to do this. But Per (Mertesacker) is doing two jobs.’
‘I’ve said it needs to be cleared up and it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.’
Quotes via football.london