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Ljungberg confident Arsenal can still make top four

Ljungberg confident Arsenal can still make top four Photo: TT
Arsenal's interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg looks out during the match against Norwich City, during their English Premier League soccer match at Carrow Road

Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg believes the Gunners can finish top four in the English Premier League to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal are eighth on the English Premier League table and are winless in six league matches, leading to Unai Emery’s dismissal.

Ljungberg was in charge for the first time on Sunday as the Gunners drew 2-2 at Norwich City, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised twice.

The London club are already seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but Ljungberg is optimistic they can still crack the top four.

“One hundred per cent,” Ljungberg said, when asked if Arsenal can still make the top four.

“People drop points here and there and we drop points, it’s a crazy league at the moment. I hope and think Arsenal can finish in the top four.”

Arsenal’s defensive woes aren’t lost on the interim manager, given the Gunners have conceded 21 goals in 14 matches.

“I will just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo, so hopefully we can understand it and practice it,” Ljungberg said.

“But right now we have players who need to recover and we probably only get one-and-a-half sessions again before the next game.

“That’s football, for me I just try to make it as simple as possible for the players and hopefully we can get better.”

They’re also winless across eight matches in all competitions and desperate for a breakthrough, ahead of Thursday’s home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Ben somerford
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@bensomerford Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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