on Mesut Ozil
For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut. He walked off the pitch [in the Man City game] and then kicked his gloves. The fans were not happy. I got asked about it and said, ‘At Arsenal, that’s not how we behave and not what we do’. I stand by that. Mesut was injured but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player. That’s my decision. I won’t make the decisions again but that’s what I think.
on Mesut Ozil
Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg spoke to the media during his post-match press conference today, as he prepares to step down from his role with Mikel Arteta taking over following the 0-0 draw against Everton.
On expecting more in the second haff:
I must say that if you’re 3-0 down against a team like City who can play well with possession, it’s tough. I said at half-time that I knew it was hard, especially against City. Liverpool and City are in a league of their own at the moment. I said it’s about pride. They had to go out and show in the second half, even if they don’t react and I knew it would be difficult to win 4-3, but there should be no chance of them scoring another goal. We tried to at least impose ourselves a little bit. It was hard for them because City kept the possession well. Sometimes we did as well between the boxes, we understood the game plan of trying to change it and open them up a bit. But we were not dangerous enough. We had some small half-chances where something could have happened. When they had their chances, De Bruyne smashed it straight in the net.
Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg took the time to speak with the media in the post-match press conference after their recent loss over Manchester City. The defeat was something a lot of people could see coming, but that didn’t make it any less painful.
Arsenal are preparing to go head to head with Standard Liege in the Europa League tonight, as the Gunners attempt to 100% confirm their place in the last 32 of the competition. It’s going to be a battle, as it has been all season long, but they should still be able to get themselves over the finish line.
Until that point, caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg has spoken out about the game during his pre-match press conference.
Arsenal were able to get the win over West Ham United on Monday Night Football against the Hammers, in a game that could quite easily turn their fortunes around. One man who has, for the most part, been able to escape criticism is none other than Bernd Leno. The goalkeeper is clearly excited about the new direction that the club is going in, as the man himself confirmed during an interview after the game.
“From the first day he said he wanted to see laughing faces, to see a good atmosphere,” Leno said. “We had a bad time, we are all human and it is not easy. It was not like we did not try, but it just did not work.
On finding time to improve between games:
It would be nice to have a few days so I can actually practise with them. Before the game is almost like a walkthrough, slowly, of what we need to do and maybe that’s why we start a bit too slowly all the time! Because you can’t really have the tempo in training, but it’s a lot of video and trying to show sequences that we can do better because we can’t really do it on the field. That’s not ideal, but that’s December and the situation I’m in with the players. We do the best we can.
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.
The speculation about who would succeed Unai Emery as the Arsenal head coach were mounting even before the club decided to part ways with the Spaniard, and since it happened it’s gone through the roof. However, the names are always the same, always the same quartet.
Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed to the role as a temporary solution, but according to football.london, he is also the leading candidate for the permanent role. Giving the former Arsenal midfielder a proper chance would likely prove a popular decision among the club’s supporters, at least in the beginning. After that, the amount of love and support he’d be receiving from the Emirates stands would likely depend on results and performances. He has no experience in first-team management, but he knows the youth setup well and young players would certainly benefit from his appointment.
On changing the club’s fortunes:
I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play. Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich. I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half. We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that. That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That’s important for the players. When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games. They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that. Whether that’s me or someone else as a coach, I don’t think that matters so much.