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With Mikel Arteta on the verge of joining Arsenal, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has offered advice for the man to step into the Emirates hotseat.
Giggs watched on as the Gunners were thrashed 3-0 at home by Manchester City, with the defending Premier League champions running riot. Freddie Ljungberg’s spell as caretaker manager – in which he has won just one game in five – continued, forcing Arsenal chiefs’ hand to appoint a new manager quickly.
Manchester City assistant manager Arteta is set to join in the next 48 hours, leaving his role as Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man to return to the club he captained in his playing days, and he will arrive in north London to a side who are languishing in midtable with a -3 goal difference after 17 games played.
And Giggs, who coaches Wales, believes he would be well served throwing a few of Arsenal’s younger players into the mix to get the workrate so desperately lacking from their weak showing against City.
‘It’s very difficult, watching that today I would just play the young players,’ Giggs told Premier League Productions.
‘[Emile] Smith Rowe, [Bukayo] Saka, [Joe] Willock… if the big players aren’t doing it just put young players in because they will run, they will win tackles, they will sprint back.
‘Because that performance was a joke defensively. Gaps everywhere, no talking, unorganised, not sprinting back – when the ball goes past you you sprint that, that’s the number one thing a fan will look at.
‘You can misplace passes, you can have a bad day, but if you don’t work hard enough that’s inexcusable. ‘That’s the one thing that Freddie Ljungberg could do.
It was a very disappointing performance and when you play City you want them to work for their goals, they didn’t work for their goals.’