West Ham vs Arsenal
Arsenal’s latest clash sees them travel to West Ham United on Monday evening.
After drawing with newly-promoted Norwich and losing at home to Brighton, Freddie Ljungberg has not had the greatest start to life as Arsenal’s interim-boss.
But the West Ham clash does present another good opportunity to pick up three points.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have been in dismal form of late. And despite picking up a 1-0 win over Chelsea recently, the Hammers proceeding tie saw them comprehensively beaten by Wolves.
Heading into the Arsenal tie, West Ham have won just one of their last nine Premier League outings.
Ahead of the crunch clash with West Ham, Ljungberg was asked if he needs his big players to step up, to which he replied:
“We do. We need to change this downward spiral.
“It is going to be a great occasion but maybe that is good for our players.
“They can relax a little bit and concentrate on the game and hopefully do what they did when we came out for the second half [against Brighton].” As quoted by Sky Sports News.
Can Arsenal finish in the top four?
As well as calling on his top stars to step up, Ljungberg also spoke about Arsenal and the Premier League top four.
The Gunners have not finished inside the Champions League places since the 2015/16 season.
Arsenal are also currently 10 points off 4th place Chelsea with teams such as Tottenham and Manchester United looking much more likely than the Gunners to challenge the current top four.
Despite this, Ljungberg doesn’t think Arsenal should stop talking about the top four:
“No, I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four.
“But for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.