Freddie Ljungberg explains bizarre Arsenal team selection for Everton match

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Freddie Ljungberg explains bizarre Arsenal team selection for Everton match Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 11:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Freddie LjungberG picked a youthful Arsenal team against Everton (Picture: Sky Sports)Freddie Ljungberg sent a pointed message to Arsenal’s under-performing stars by revealing he wanted a team that would ‘fight’ against a resurgent Everton this afternoon.Arsenal’s interim head coach takes charge of the first team for the final time on Saturday with new head coach Mikel Arteta watching from the Goodison Park stands, following confirmation of his appointment on Friday.Ljungberg made five changes to the side which was taken to pieces by Manchester City at the Emirates last weekend.Without any recognised full-backs due to the injury enforced absences of Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will take their place in a back four with Calum Chambers partnering David Luiz.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEmile Smith Rowe, meanwhile, makes his first ever Premier League start, flanked by Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line.🚨 Five changes from #ARSMCI…⬅️ Sokratis, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Pepe, Ozil➡️ David Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Nelson, Smith Rowe#EVEARS— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 21, 2019 Advertisement That means places on the bench for Alexandre Lacazette, record signing Nicolas Pepe and Matteo Guendouzi, while Mesut Ozil wasn’t included in the squad due to a foot injury.Explaining his selection, Ljungberg said: ‘Of course you always want to win. We know Mikel will be the manger and it’s a bit of a special situation. We will do everything we can to get a result.‘We have spoken a bit, not too much. He is here watching and wants what is best for the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We have a lot of injuries. We have Tierney and Hector out and also Mesut has something with his foot but we have things happening there so he wouldn’t have been in the squad today anyway.‘Everton were a little bit old style when I was playing. Very direct, playing a lot of long balls and always fighting.‘I wanted a team who would work hard and fight for the second balls when needed.’MORE: The warning Mikel Arteta gave to Arsenal players before Everton clashMORE: Mikel Arteta set daunting Champions League target by Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehilast_img