The panic amongst Arsenal fans has been well noted over the course of the last few months, and rightly so. They’ve been in a position whereby it’s been fairly difficult to see any kind of hope for the immediate future, with Unai Emery and now Freddie Ljungberg not really inspiring all too much hope within the club.
Some will choose to believe that’s in the process of changing this morning after Arsenal’s big win over West Ham United last night. They had to overcome some adversity but they got there in the end, and after the game, Freddie was more than happy to take questions from the media following his first win as boss.
On what changed in second half:
The players did amazingly. We had a gameplan and we wanted to move the ball a lot. First half we were slow, we were a bit lethargic, we didn’t move, we didn’t run. But that in my opinion comes when players are low and have no confidence. You don’t do it at the speed you need to and it’s been hard on the players, but I felt like we gave it a go in the second half and we did that. It was amazing to see, for me. And you saw West Ham getting a bit tired and a bit low around the 60th minute and we sliced them open and played some really good football, in my opinion. That’s how we want to play and we were keeping the ball well. But of course, we don’t get carried away. We have a lot of work to do on things but all credit to the players for how they did in the second half.
On how the result could change the mood:
I hope so! They looked happy in the dressing room, but I don’t think any of us can imagine, in my opinion at least… Arsenal is a big football club. We are demanded to win football games and they haven’t won for a long time. I at least have been able to feel or sense the pressure they’ve been under and you can always say ‘well they’re professional football players, they should deal with it’ but it’s been tough for them and you’ve felt it and seen it in games. Today, in the last 30 minutes, that lifted a bit and we started to play some good football and slice them open like I said. We’ve got a lot of things to work on but it felt nice with a win.
To be continued…