Freddie Ljungberg admits Arsenal’s players were ‘scared’ during Brighton defeat

Freddie Ljungberg says Arsenal's players were 'scared' against Brighton
Freddie Ljungberg says Arsenal’s players were ‘scared’ against Brighton (Getty Images)

Freddie Ljungberg claims Arsenal’s players were ‘scared’ in the first half of their 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Thursday evening.

The Gunners was jeered off after a dour opening 45 minutes in which Brighton took the lead through Adam Webster.

Arsenal made a strong start to the second half and Alexandre Lacazette scored an equaliser but the Gunners faded as the game progressed and Brighton netted a winner with 10 minutes remaining through Neal Maupay.

The defeat means Ljungberg is still searching for his first win since he replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal manager last week and the Swede admits he was unhappy with his side’s performance in the first half.

Ljungberg is still searching for his first win as Arsenal manager
Ljungberg is still searching for his first win as Arsenal manager (EPA)

‘Of course we’re disappointed at losing at home,’ Ljungberg said after the match.

‘The main thing is we don’t show up in the first half. Very passive, we don’t move.

‘We had a chat at half-time, we do a little tactical change but not much, and all of a sudden we look like the team we wanted to look like for 20 minutes or so we really pushed them, scored goals and think we’ve one the game but VAR was correct.

‘But that’s how we have to play the whole game. I said to the players… you can’t give away a whole half against any team in the Premier League, it’s difficult, and that’s what we learnt from this game.

Mesut Ozil was furious after Arsenal's defeat to Brighton at the Emirates Stadium
Mesut Ozil was furious after Arsenal’s defeat at the Emirates Stadium (Amazon)

‘That’s the tough part, they looked very short of confidence. The first half they were a bit scared to get the balls, bit scared to move, just standing still. That’s something we need to talk about.

‘They need to have a win, they need to dig out a win and get them some confidence.

‘They can do it, they showed it at the beginning of the second half, I thought we actually did that really well for 20 minutes. It’s hard to say when you lose a game at home but they were very good in that little spell.’

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