Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg saw his brief tenure turn from meh to worse, as the Gunners followed up their weekend draw with Norwich City by losing at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Thursday.
The Swedish legend could only point to one thing.
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“The players are low on confidence,” he said on NBCSN after the game. “We had a bit of reaction in the second half after our discussion at half, but we need to start the game like that. That’s the biggest disappointment I have. The second half they gave it a crack.”
“We’re in a difficult situation. We’ve got a lot of games and the confidence has gone down. It’s my job to get them to be more aggressive and have more energy.”
Perhaps most depressing is Ljungberg’s description of his players in the first half, via Football.London.
“They looked scared to get the ball and were standing still.”
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin wouldn’t put any of the blame on the manager.
Bellerin credited Ljungberg for bringing energy to the training pitch this week, and was lost for answers after a poor showing at home.
“I don’t know what to say. I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn’t come out right. The team gave its best, we created chances, we defended good but it seems like we need so many chances to score and teams score every chance against us. I am lost for words a little bit.”
He said he’s 100 percent sure the results will come Arsenal’s way. The next chance comes Monday at West Ham United.