Freddie Ljungberg explains his Arsenal team selection against Everton

Freddie Ljungberg explains his Arsenal team selection against Everton

After handing starts to youngsters and making five changes from Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City, Freddie Ljungberg has explained his team selection against Everton.

Ljungberg rolled out a surprising line up against Everton for his last game as the interim manager following the appointment of Mikel Arteta as head coach.

Injuries to Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin forced Ljungberg to start without a recognized full-back with Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles slotting in those positions.

Speaking just before the match, Ljungberg explained the reason for his team selection, "Of course you always want to win. We know Mikel will be the manager and it’s a bit of a special situation.

"We will do everything we can to get a result. We have spoken a bit, not too much. He is here watching and wants what is best for the team.

"We have a lot of injuries. We have Tierney and Hector out and also Mesut has something with his foot but we have things happening there so he wouldn’t have been in the squad today anyway.

"Everton were a little bit old style when I was playing. Very direct, playing a lot of long balls and always fighting. I wanted a team who would work hard and fight for the second balls when needed."