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Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Mesut Ozil involved in angry, Freddie Ljungberg ordered to drop Lacazette

December 10, 2019


Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Mesut Ozil involved
in angry, Freddie Ljungberg ordered to drop Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal star Mesut Ozil appeared furious during
the club’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton. Arsenal entered the game on a torrid run of
eight games without a win. Brighton took the lead through Webster in
the first half before Alexandre Lacazette levelled for the Gunners. Arsenal never looked like claiming all three
points, however, with Maupay then giving Brighton a deserved lead and, in the end, a vital three
points. Ozil was picked by Freddie Ljungberg for the
second consecutive game. But the Germany international was unable to
make an impact. After the game, Ozil was caught up in an angry
spat. Making his way down the tunnel, the Arsenal
playmaker gestured towards members of the Gunners coaching staff including Per Mertesacker. And he had an angry look on his face – something
that sums up the mood around the Gunners at present. The defeat means Arsenal have now failed to
win a game in two months. And the loss will no doubt damage Ljungberg’s
chances of landing the job on a permanent basis. Arsenal have now gone nine games without a
win in all competitions after losing 2-1 to Brighton. Lacazette drew Arsenal level five minutes
after the break with a looping header at the front post from a corner. But they were unable to build on the momentum
with Brighton once again taking a foothold and eventually bagging a winner through Neal
Maupay. The result leaves Arsenal sitting 10th in
the table and without a win in the Premier League since October. Ljungberg has already made a number of changes
since replacing Emery as the interim head coach, namely by bringing Mesut Ozil back
into the fold. Alexandre Lacazette may have given Arsenal
a fighting chance of pulling off a result against Brighton with his goal in the second
half, but Eniola Aluko believes Freddie Ljungberg needs to shake things up by dropping the striker
for Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal made the decision to sack Unai Emery with the hope of seeing
the club’s fortunes turn around, but have come unstuck against both Norwich and Brighton. “Lacazette for me had a very poor game,”
she said on Amazon Prime. “He was off the mark in the first half.
He was offside and tripping over the ball. “He scores but that’s pretty much all
he did in the game. “If you’re the striker of Arsenal – particularly
with Aubemyang playing out on the wing – you’ve got to perform better than that. “Yes he scores the goal, but his all-round
play today was very poor. “Going back to Ljungberg in terms of what
does he do now to get a reaction from the players. I think he needs to make more changes. “He made a big call with Mustafi which was
a problem, obviously Mustafi and Luiz. “I think he’s got to give Martinelli a
run in the team, maybe take Lacazette out. “Take Xhaka out and maybe put Ghendouzi
in. Sometimes that’s the best way to get a reaction from players by putting them on
the bench. “He’s clearly not getting the reaction
he needs in this game.”

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