Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives his opinion on Freddie Ljungberg, saying he didn’t have enough time to sort things out ahead of Sunday’s game, but believes the interim boss will be good for the team.
Freddie Ljungberg’s spell as interim head coach at Arsenal got off to a mixed start on Sunday, with Arsenal coming from behind twice to draw away to Norwich City.
The stats suggested the Gunners had the better of the chances, but the fans were a bit disappointed the team didn’t get off to a winning start. There were also some questions over the starting lineup and substitutions on the day.
Speaking after the match, club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suggested he believes Ljungberg can be successful at Arsenal. The striker points out that the 42-year-old only had one session with most of the players ahead of Sunday’s game.
“He can give us something special,” Aubameyang said. “His career speaks for itself. We will try to follow him and give the best for him. Everybody is respectful of Freddie. He played for Arsenal, he knows as a player how we feel. It’s interesting to have him.
“We had only one [training] session with him, maybe two for those guys who didn’t play on Thursday. We will see this week what is going to happen. I think it’s good for us. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.
“Unai Emery was sacked, now we have Freddie and we’re all focused on one thing, to be back winning. Today we did maybe not a perfect game but a good job and we’ll try to win the next one.”
Arguably, it’s just as important that the players believe in Ljungberg as any noise coming from outside, if not more so.
If they buy into his philosophy, it will give them a much greater chance of success than the way they played under Unai Emery – who didn’t seem to have their faith at all.
As captain, there’s no one more important to get that message of support across than Auba so when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives his opinion, they no doubt all listen.
Now the team just need to start getting some wins on the board.