Freddie Ljungberg should have worn a suit for his first match as Arsenal manager to show “proudness”, according to former Manchester United man Paul Scholes.
The Gunners number two took over following the sacking of Unai Emery on Friday and immediately made his mark on the side against Norwich City on Sunday, bringing Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka back into the team.
Arsenal couldn’t get the Swede off to a winning start though and they came from behind twice at Carrow Road to grab a 2-2 draw courtesy of two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Scholes pinned the blame on Arsenal’s rearguard for conceding twice with Mustafi and David Luiz in the firing line, bit not before Scholes had his say on Ljungberg’s attire.
Instead of the traditional navy club suit, Ljungberg wore a grey jumper over a light blue shirt.
“You would think he’d be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“To me that’s a great start… shirt and tie to show some discipline. I don’t think he’ll be the right man.”
Speaking about the goals Arsenal conceded, Scholes added: “It’s no surprise, I think he [Mustafi] was at fault, possibly, for both goals,” Scholes added.
“He doesn’t tackle, he should be having a nibble at the ball but he drops off so far because he’s so frightened of getting done.
“He’s just thinking about getting back to his goal, not going out and engaging with the player.
“He almost tries to get out of the way, instead of being a defender who’s desperate to stop the ball going in.
“He just lets people walk through him.
“David Luiz is not interested in defending, they [Norwich] cut through them almost at will.
“I think Norwich will be disappointed [with a draw] not Arsenal.”
It has since been pointed out on Twitter that Scholes himself wore a jumper on his first game in charge of Oldham.
Superb 'do as I say, not as I did' from Paul Scholes. Literally wore a jumper and shirt for his first game at Oldham. pic.twitter.com/Ki8hX3brkC
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) December 2, 2019