It wasn’t the ideal start to life as Arsenal caretaker manager for Freddie Ljungberg this weekend, but in many ways, it doesn’t really matter. He’s only at the beginning of his journey and regardless of how long it lasts, the Gunners were probably somewhat fortunate to come away with a point from this game.
Today, we’re going to take a look at his press conference following the 2-2 draw against Norwich.
On being in charge of Arsenal:
Of course, I was proud and honoured to be allowed to stand there on the touchline and leading this great club. If we look at the game, we started really well and I thought we dominated totally and found pockets and created chances. I would probably expect us to take the lead and go for that. The problem I think is that everyone can see that we had problems in transitions while we had possession, so that’s something that’s easy for a coach because we know what we need to work on. That’s to lock and not get countered on in those ways. After that, I’m extremely proud of the players because they came back twice from one-nil down and especially when they get 2-1 just before half-time. Normally as a coach the morale goes down and we came out fighting and maybe at the end of the game it became a bit too open for my liking. I saw my players getting tired, but in the end it was a draw. Of course, I was hoping Lucas was going to put it in the back of the net in the last second, but that’s how it is.
On his confidence in the results:
[Yes], 100 per cent. For me, from what I saw in the first 30 minutes, the belief and how they went and how we played, that’s good. In my opinion, offensively we were good, and one thing, when we went on-nil down, it wasn’t players shaking their heads. They were saying, ‘Come on guys, we can sort this out.’ That shows for me that the belief that they know they’re good players and we want to change a negative trend. For us, on our run, it was a difficult game and I think the players did very well.
To be continued…