Freddie Ljungberg says he’ll keep plugging away as he looks to get Arsenal back on track after Brighton became the latest side to take points at the Emirates.
Adam Webster’s strike nine minutes before half time was a just reward for the visitors’ early dominance against a Gunners side fraught with nerves.
While we fought back in the second half through Alex Lacazette’s headed equaliser, prospects of a first home win since October were killed off when Neal Maupay beat David Luiz in the box with 10 minutes remaining.
No wins in nine consecutive games represents our worst run of form since 1977. We’re 10th in the table, four points off relegation and ten adrift of the Champions League places. We’ve also conceded 253 shots on goal this season, 15 more than champions Manchester City allowed against them all last season. (Stats via @Orbinho)
It. Is. A. Grim. State. Of. Affairs.
Afterwards, Ljungberg reflected: “If you score the first goal you don’t have to chase the game, you don’t have to open up as much because you can control the game so that’s something that, in my opinion, we need to change that a little bit.
“We won the balls but you’re right, when they ran at us it often ends with a shot on target. We’ve had one training session but we’ll keep on working.
He added: “It’s never easy when you sack a manager and you’re low on confidence.
“We started really well at Norwich. We started the second half really well and I was sure we were going to win the game and get going again.
“We get a sucker punch on a counter or as they play down one side. It’s hard to take but we keep plugging away.”
The fact that the club sacked Emery without a clear plan about what to do next, doesn’t bode particularly well. It’s almost like they were completely blind to the problems under the Spaniard until the ‘noise’ grew too much for them to ignore.
Since a week ago, a huge number of names have been touted to take the head coach role on a permanent basis, including Ljungberg’s. He says he’ll do whatever the club asks of him.
“It’s up to the club and what they want to do,” he said.
“There’s nothing I can get involved with I said I love this football club and I’ll help them with whatever they need help with and it’s up to them to make a decision.”