The decision of former Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg not to play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together has seemingly been vindicated.

During his brief tenure as Gunners boss - which came after Unai Emery's dismissal in November 2019 - the Swede refrained from playing the strikers together.

Ljungberg made the decision not to deploy the duo - one of whom would occupy a wide role - in order to ensure his side weren't "vulnerable' defensively.

“You need to have balance in your team,” the former Arsenal winger said after leaving Lacazette out the club's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Former Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg gives instructions to Gunners hitman Alexandre Lacazette

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“With Lacazette and Auba, we tried in my first two games, but we looked really vulnerable defensively. They are both great players that’s why I wanted them on the pitch, but we were vulnerable defensively.

“We’ve taken the route against West Ham where we’ve played one of them to have more defensive organisation and we played well and won that game very clearly.”

That decision was vindicated this past weekend in the Gunners' 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, which was inflicted on them by former target Jamie Vardy.

Ljungberg's replacement - Mikel Arteta - opted to start both forwards for the visit of the Foxes. And as Swede had previously forewarned, their inclusions left the north Londoners open on multiple occasions - including moments before Vardy fired the visitors into the lead following a swift counterattack.

After his team's smash-and-grab job at the Emirates, Foxes chief Brendan Rodgers admitted his troops were able to capitalise on the weakness of Arsenal's formation.

"No, I think it was obviously a different set-up [from Arsenal] but how our organisation was it was able to cope," Rodgers responded, after being asked if he changed Leicester’s tactics to counter Arsenal.

Freddie Ljungberg believed playing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang together left Arsenal to open

"It was just a few little changes, Xhaka coming out to the side meant that Dennis [Praet] could then press him instead of having to go on to the full-back, so that was just about detail.

"But apart from that it was about closing the lines, making sure our concentration was good, and then when we had the ball looking to play through.

"It’s the first time they have lost [at home] this calendar this year, it tells you how strong they’ve been.

"The game was always about denying space. In lots of games we’ll always put pressure high up the pitch and look to win the ball back.

Jamie Vardy scored Leicester City's winner against Arsenal on the break

"When you’re playing against the quality of Arsenal and the speed of Arsenal then we decided to press from the static goal kick where we could. Then if not, recover into that medium, resting phase of pressure and making sure your lines are tight.

"They actually played in a slightly different structure to what we anticipated but our set-up still allowed us to cope with that.

"When you come away to the big teams you’ve got to have high-level concentration. You’ve got to defend well, you’ve got to be concentrated, everyone has to do their job, and then you know with your quality you’ll be able to play yourself into the game.

"Play through the pressure well, deal with it, then know our quality will get us opportunities and thankfully it worked out well for us."