Freddie Ljungberg reveals why he made shock decision against Norwich on Sunday

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Arsenal fans slammed Freddie Ljungberg for benching Nicolas Pepe for their clash at Norwich on Sunday afternoon. The Swede is taking charge for the first time since replacing Unai Emery.

Despite it being Ljungberg’s first game in the Arsenal dugout, Gunners fans were not happy with his team selection.

Arsenal supporters were convinced record signing Pepe should have started at Norwich.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “No Pepe #Emeryindisguise.”

Another added: “Wtf pepe?”

“No Pepe FFSSSS #FreddieOut,” a fellow Gunners fan agreed.

“Still no pepe ffs,” said another.

One fan joked: “Is emery still picking the line up?”

Pepe has struggled to impress since joining Arsenal from Lille for £72m in the summer.

The winger, 24, has scored just three goals in all competitions for the Gunners this time out.

Ljungberg has taken the reins after Emery was sacked by the Gunners on Friday.

And as he prepares for his first match, the former midfielder insists that is all he is focused on having been asked if he wants the job on a permanent basis.

Ljungberg told Sky Sports: “For me, it’s about the team and the club.

“I try to concentrate for the future, the game tomorrow, we’ll try to win that, maybe there’s a few other games, we’ll see but for me, that’s what I look at, other stuff is totally irrelevant.”

Emery was sacked after the Gunners went seven matches in all competitions without tasting victory.

However, the Spaniard was quick to send a classy message to Arsenal fans following his dismissal on Friday morning.

He said: “It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach. To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal.

“To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.

“I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you. I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me.

“The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.”

A win for Arsenal at Norwich would send the Gunners up to fifth in the Premier League.


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