Twitter Reacts as Arsenal Extend 8-Game Winless Run in Freddie Ljungberg’s Debut Match

Freddie Ljungberg failed to win his first match as interim manager of Arsenal against Norwich City, extending their winless run with a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.

All eyes were on the Arsenal dugout in the build-up to the match following the departure of Unai Emery, with ​Ljungberg recalling a handful of youth players and even Granit Xhaka to the starting lineup at Carrow Road.

It was a strong start to the match from Arsenal and they even had a couple of surprising standout players in the opening 20 minutes of the match, with the club’s fringe stars clearly looking to make an impression on Sunday.

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But it was actually Norwich City who took the lead, capitalising on some unsurprisingly comical defending for Arsenal.

Teemu Pukki was given freedom on the edge of the penalty area by David Luiz and the Finland international fired a shot towards Bernd Leno’s far corner, but a wicked deflection from Shkodran Mustafi’s leg took the ball inside Arsenal’s near post.

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Norwich City’s lead didn’t last long, however, after centre-back Christoph Zimmermann handled the ball needlessly inside the penalty area to gift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the chance to score Arsenal’s first goal in their post-Emery era.

Krul did his best to put Aubameyang off from 12 yards and even picked up a yellow card in the process, but the former Netherlands international’s tactics worked wonders when he saved the spot-kick with a strong left hand. 

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Then the real drama kicked in.

The Video Assistant Referee spotted a Norwich City defender had encroached during the penalty and it was rightly called back to be retaken.

Aubameyang bravely stepped up again, but this time Krul dived the wrong way and Arsenal were able to draw back level.

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​​It was a deserved goal, but Arsenal’s defensive problems flared up once again before the half-time whistle as Norwich City retook the lead just seconds before the break.

Onel Hernández was once again involved in the build-up, but this time it was Todd Cantwell who finished off the move to continue his fine scoring form against the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’.

It was a stunning goal from an exciting young player.

That celebration, on the other hand…

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Arsenal came out the blocks in the second half and looked destined to score their equaliser, something which eventually came via Aubameyang’s second of the game.

The striker reacted quickest from a corner and found a way past Krul with a confident finish, offering hope that Arsenal could complete a comeback and end their seven-game winless run across all competitions.


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Arsenal started to take control of the match as the clock ticked in but couldn’t find that vital winner, while Norwich’s rare counter-attacks were equally ineffective and both sides were forced to share the points on Sunday.

It was a deserved point for both teams, although both sets of fans will be walking away from Carrow Road feeling like it’s points dropped.

Here’s some of the post-match reaction after an exciting, end-to-end game in Norfolk…

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