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FC Arsenal with cursed Özil head for the negative record – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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The descent of Arsenal FC also continues with intermediate coach duo Freddie Ljungberg and Per Mertesacker. It threatens a sad record.

Mesut Özil stomped wildly off the lawn at Emirates Stadium. When the 2014 World Champion knocked off Interim's coach Per Mertesacker just before the tunnel, he still had not calmed down. After the embarrassing 1: 2 defeat against Kellerkind Brighton Hove & Albion, the atmosphere at Arsenal has apparently reached zero.

"This is not Arsenal," interim coach Freddie Ljungberg said to his pros at halftime. After the game was over, the Swede said, "They were very scared to get the ball moving and just stood still." A devastating verdict on the team, which now separates ten points from the Champions League ranks in the Premier League. And only five payers from the relegation zone.

Insecure, anxious and increasingly frustrated – the 13-time champion has been waiting for nine games for a win, pushing the negative series into historical dimensions. Ten matches without success in all competitions were the last for the club in 1977 – in a year when Niki Lauda cheered for his second world title in Formula One, Muhammad Ali dominated the boxing world and Borussia Mönchengladbach the last German champion.

Arsenal continue to falter – with Ljungberg and Mertesacker making changes after the dismissal of Unai Emery last week. After the already unsatisfactory 2: 2 at Norwich City, the deserved ex-pros put again on a 4-2-3-1 system in front of keeper Bernd Leno with Özil on the left offensive side. The technician, who withdrew from the German national team in 2018 with a lot of noise, at least prepared the intermediate equalization of Alexandre Lacazette (50th).

Arsenal: Bad atmosphere in the team?

The goals scored by Adam Webster (36) and Neal Maupay (80 & # 39;) hit the home team and caused a thunderous echo – not just from the frightened spectators. An "inanimate" team had seen the Independent newspaper: "Arsenal, which, under Unai Emery and now Freddie Ljungberg, is listless and loses its identity, is in misery."

Özil's anger, which was apparently aimed primarily at the tip Lacazette, also indicated that it does not appear to be one hundred percent in its own ranks. Recently, the fans' match with Granit Xhaka had caused a stir. Eventually, the former Bundesliga pro lost the captain.

Thursday caused another good acquaintance in Germany. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, once in goal for Borussia Dortmund, entered the cabin during the 1: 1 position. "I just saw him suddenly run back to the field," Ljungberg said. "If you must, you must."