Arsenal lost again this evening. When we’re not drawing games, we quite often lose.
On this occasion, Brighton scored two goals. We only scored once. If you want to win a game when you concede twice, you need to score at least three. On this occasion, we don’t get any points. Those are the rules.
After the game, Freddie Ljungberg, the unfortunate man given the responsibility of overseeing things while the club hierarchy reaches the voicemail of prospective coaches, admitted the players are not exactly thriving at the moment.
“We’re disappointed to lose at home,” said the Swede, who used to score FA Cup final goals and got paid to look sexy in his pants.
“The main thing is we didn’t show up in the first half. We were very passive and we had a chat at half-time, made a tactical change and all of a sudden we looked like a team.
“For 20 minutes or so we really pushed them, scored goals and thought we could win the game, but VAR was correct. That’s how we have to play the whole game.
“I said to the players that you can’t give away a whole half to any team in the Premier League. That’s what we need to learn from.”
The Arsenal fans weren’t very happy with the team at half time. And they weren’t much happier when the final whistle went. In between, there was a decent attempt to sing songs that would encourage the players to not be shit. It didn’t really work. And then the fans gave up.
“That’s the tough part,” admitted Freddie when asked how he can change the mood within the squad.
“They [the players] look very short on confidence. In the first half they were scared to get the ball and a bit scored to move, they were just standing still. That’s something we need to talk about.
“They need to have a win, we need to dig out a win and get them some confidence. They can do it because they showed it in the beginning of the second half and they did it really well for 20 minutes.
“It’s hard to say that when you lose at home, but they were very good in that little spell.
He added: “It’s obvious that nervousness from a crowd can affect footballers, it doesn’t matter what quality you have.
“They’re human beings like everyone else, they want to do well and they feel the pressure.
“That’s something we need to work on and I feel like if we just dig out a win, we can get there. They showed it in the second half.”
Arsenal next play on Monday away at West Ham United. All we’ve got to do in the next four days is remember how to play football.