‘We play for the fans. Our fans are the club’


Having earned legendary status as a player, Freddie Ljungberg knows all about the type of football he wants to see from his side - but stressed the need to adapt your gameplan to fit each situation.

We face the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City, on Sunday and our interim head coach knows that we are in for a major challenge - but is looking forward to it.

“You want to play big games and that’s what this club is about,” Ljungberg said. “It’s exciting and  we’re going to make a good game, I hope.

“I will try to instil confidence in our players. We will try to see what we can do to win the game, but you need to show the players how good they are and they need to be careful about certain things. [City have] had some bad results, but at the same time, when you look at the way they play, in my opinion, they don’t play badly possession-wise.

“They keep a lot of possession and try to wear you out. Even against United in the end they created a lot and it’s hard to play against.

“We all have our own ways of playing football and I’ve been ingrained in that [Invincibles] era,” he added. “I maybe try to choose different things in the gameplan, but I think at the end of the day we play for the fans. Our fans are the club and I know what they enjoy from us. 

“They want to get results, but from what I can see and what I can understand, they enjoy a certain way of football here at Arsenal. But at the same time, sometimes you maybe alter your gameplans as well.”

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