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‘Teams drop points here and there’: Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg ‘100%’ confident the Gunners can still make top four despite holding on at Norwich

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  • Freddie Ljungberg still believes Arsenal can finish in the top four this season 
  • He took charge of first game as interim manager as they drew 2-2 at Norwich
  • Arsenal currently sit in eighth after their winless run stretched to six matches
  • The Gunners are now on the lookout for a new permanent first team manager
Freddie Ljungberg insists Arsenal can recover from their terrible start to make the top four

Freddie Ljungberg insists Arsenal can recover from their terrible start to make the top four

Freddie Ljungberg insists Arsenal can recover from their terrible start to make the top four

Ljungberg took charge at Norwich following the recent sacking of Unai Emery

Ljungberg took charge at Norwich following the recent sacking of Unai Emery

Ljungberg took charge at Norwich following the recent sacking of Unai Emery

Todd Cantwell had put Norwich 2-1 up with a tidy finish on the stroke of half-time

Todd Cantwell had put Norwich 2-1 up with a tidy finish on the stroke of half-time

Todd Cantwell had put Norwich 2-1 up with a tidy finish on the stroke of half-time

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to rescue Arsenal and salvage a point

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to rescue Arsenal and salvage a point

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to rescue Arsenal and salvage a point

Freddie Ljungberg insists Arsenal can recover from their worst start to a league campaign since 1975 to make the top four.

Two Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalisers rescued a point for Arsenal at Carrow Road after Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell edged Norwich ahead twice.

Following the dismissal of Unai Emery on Friday, interim manager Ljungberg had little time to rectify Arsenal’s myriad of problems and saw them punished for familiar defensive failings, highlighting their vulnerability on the counter as ‘the problem I think everybody can see’ but insisting it is ‘easy’ for a coach to resolve.

A sixth successive league game without a win though, left Arsenal in eighth, seven points off the top four, the same gap between the north Londoners and the bottom three.

Ljungberg said: ‘100 per cent [Arsenal can still make the top four]. Teams drop points here and there, they drop points, we drop points, Spurs, it’s a bit of a crazy league and of course I hope and think that Arsenal can get back to the top four.’

Arsenal have a long list of potential candidates to work through including Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira, Max Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Mauricio Pochettino and Carlo Ancelotti in their search for a successor for Emery.

Ljungberg, though, will be the first to get the chance to enhance his claims.

The Swede said: ‘I hope the club – I’ve been there for a long time – know what I can do and what I can’t do. I’m looking forward day by day and being very honoured that they’ve trusted me to do this, trying to help the players as much as I can and that’s how I see it.’

After Pukki opened the scoring with his first Norwich goal since mid-September, Arsenal were gifted a route back into the game when Christoph Zimmermann conceded a first-half penalty for handball.

Aubameyang’s first effort was saved but he scored a retake after Norwich were penalised for encroachment by right-back Max Aarons who cleared the ball following Tim Krul’s stop.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke said: ‘I see advantages of VAR but ref’s decisions and VAR decisions were against us.

‘Each 50-50 decision was given against us. Every throw, corner, free-kick. It was never a free-kick that led to penalty. Even fourth official said it was just a throw in.

‘The penalty was probably right but strange to replay it.

‘Arsenal players were quicker than him in box. If he started ten inches later he would still have cleared the ball. Not two or three years inside. Several Arsenal players were already in box.

‘Lacazette’s head was over line and maybe the second penalty should have been retaken as well.’

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