Freddie makes his home bow as interim manager with this game, as we welcome Brighton to The Emirates in this midweek game.
The Swede will be keen to get the first win under his belt, but it will mean even more to end Arsenal’s current winless run – standing at a miserable eight games.
Half of those results were at home, and when we have struggled previously, we have always had our home form to rely on. It seems that Freddie’s first port of call as boss is to bring that back as our away form is a malady that will take plenty of time to recover.
So Ljungberg will take to the home dugout for the first time as boss and he has plenty to muse upon.
His first game was a mixture of the bad and good. We made a return to some decent attacking football, creating enough chances to put the game away, but our defence was the leak in which we shipped the points. That will take much more than a solitary training session and a few days to remedy, but Ljungberg can at least point to some progress in the small time he has had.
We will need more to take the points here though.
Brighton boss Graham Potter has his side playing some effective football and were mightily unlucky to miss out on at least a point. They will come to London knowing they could come away with the win – and that means we need to make The Emirates a fortress again.
Ljungberg has some decisions to make and has said the slate is blank for all players – but who does he choose to win the game?
Dani Ceballos is out for the game and until December and his fellow Spaniard Hector Bellerin missed out on the weekend. Bellerin could be back for this game although Calum Chambers did OK in his stead.
Our fanbase called out for Lucas Torreira in our midfield in our draw with Norwich and Ljungberg could bring him in for this game, but who makes way out of Xhaka, Guendouzi and Willock? Alternatively, Freddie could switch up the formation and go with two of the above and include an extra attacker.
That extra man up top could well be Nicolas Pepe, who was a late sub in our Norwich draw. With Aubameyang pretty much undroppable right now and Mesut Ozil providing the chances, it could either be Lacazette and Pepe, or one of them.
Player to Watch
Brighton haven’t won in their last three games, but one player has given them fighting chances in all of them – Leandro Trossard.
Completely unpredictable, the winger cuts in to great effect and has a good cross on him too when he chooses to stay out wide. Trossard has pace and could play on the shoulder of our defence. If we attack too heavily, then Trossard could be the man to wreak havoc.
How This Could Go
Brighton were so close to taking points from top of the table Liverpool. They had enough chances to do so, but they started slowly and that could give us the chance we need to build a lead.
We need to play on the front foot. If we invite Brighton onto us, we could be in for a world of pain. It is our home game so we need to show the impetus to attack, but perhaps we could leave a few back this time?
For Norwich’s goals, we were far too open, and our defence? We need to step up rather than back away from the ball, inviting teams to shoot. We conceded far less shots last time around, but we can still do better.
Start well, keep our foot on the gas and get a few goals. That way, when we do inevitably cave and concede, we have a healthy lead.
Fingers crossed that Freddie and Per have been working their magic on the training ground and passing down their pedigree.
Predicted Lineup – Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Predicted Scoreline – 2-1 to The Arsenal