ENGLAND – Former Arsenal star, Charlie Nicholas, has predicted that his former club will return to winning ways, when they play Brighton at home on Thursday night.
The Gunners have failed to win their last eight fixtures, a run that led to Unai Emery being sacked last Friday.
Freddie Ljungberg has been put in temporary charge of the team and oversaw a 2-2 draw at Norwich on Sunday.
Nicholas feels Ljungberg will get it right against Brighton.
He told Sky Sports: “What a glorious opportunity for Arsenal, this is the only way you can look at it.
“They had a bit more spike about them at the weekend but Freddie, why are you picking Shkodran Mustafi? When are you going to learn about Calum Chambers? I also cannot understand how David Luiz is in the team. He just doesn’t want to run. He is only interested when he gets the ball at his feet. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a shocker and Mustafi is even worse. Granit Xhaka also cannot run. It is such a huge mess.
“I honestly thought Freddie would not be close to getting the job, but now, I do not know how long he will have in charge. In the end, it may not be their number one target who they end up getting.
“Regarding Freddie’s selection, what have you done there that was different to Unai Emery? I didn’t get it. It might be his first pick, but could also be who he has got fit.
“Bringing in Joe Willock I understood, but the re-introduction of Xhaka baffled me. Mesut Ozil wanted the ball and wanted to get into the pockets of space, he was decent again. There is an enthusiasm about Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“Brighton played out from the back and played with confidence and insurance, but this is about Arsenal getting back on the winning trail and trying to threaten the top six, and potentially the top four. They need to ramp up the action. The manager has gone and they need results and a winning formula. It will be another tense night though at the Emirates.”