No more Emery-ball: Freddie Ljungberg teaches new approach in Arsenal training

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first_img Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling The Swede is eager to get Arsenal playing a quicker brand of football (Picture: Arsenal Media)Freddie Ljungberg is already looking to stamp his own identity on Arsenal’s playing style and gave away a few clues as to how he wants the team to play in training this week.The Swede was handed the reins after Unai Emery was sacked last Friday following a dismal run of results, having not won a Premier League match since beating Bournemouth at the start of October.Although Ljungberg’s reign did not get off to the ideal start, only drawing against relegation candidates Norwich City, he had only been given one session to work with the players. Full Screen ‘No team can defend against that’ – Freddie Ljungberg teaches new approach in Arsenal training Read More 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Top articles Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Skip Ad Ewan RobertsWednesday 4 Dec 2019 4:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares by Metro 1 min. story Ljungberg instructed the players on how to avoid the opposition’s press (Picture: Arsenal Media)But his ideas came though more clearly in footage from this week’s training, with Ljungberg and assistant Per Mertesacker putting the players who did not start at Carrow Road through their paces.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED Coming Next / Comment Skip Arsenal were often criticised for their slow, pedestrian build-up play under Emery, but the Spaniard’s successor is looking to bring quicker, more incisive passing to the team and that was evident in his drills and instructions.In a two-touch exercise, Konstantinos Mavropanos got an excitable reaction from his manager when he took four players out of the game with a defence-splitting diagonal pass.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‘Yes! That’s the pass I like,’ yelled a delighted Ljungberg, who got the players together to explain his ideology further.‘The pass, when Lucas [Torreira] is here and we find the diag [diagonal pass], is amazing. No team can defend against that diag into the pocket.’There was clear emphasis on Arsenal playing out through pressure and finding pockets of space, with Ljungberg demanding intensity throughout the session.He also pulled up youngster Gabriel Martinelli for taking too many touches in the drill and explained the best way to avoid pressure from the opposition: ‘If you stand closed, you have to take two touches. We try to work on. Give me the ball, I’m open, then you don’t get done on your press.’Ljungberg reportedly failed to see eye-to-eye with Emery on a number of tactical decisions and will have the opportunity to try and implement some of his own methods when Brighton visit the Emirates on Thursday.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg didn’t see ‘eye-to-eye’ with Unai Emery on tactics at ArsenalMORE: Arsene Wenger sends message to Freddie Ljungberg after Unai Emery’s sacking at ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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