After Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road, Freddie Ljungberg pointed to the fact his team was caught out in transition more than once.
“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.” he said.
“That’s to lock and not get countered on in those ways.”
Now, having watched the game again and studied the data from the performance, it seems clear he views this as something he can focus on and fix in the short-term.
Speaking the press ahead of the visit of Brighton to the Emirates, he again focused on that area of our game, saying, “Of course there’s a lot of reflection after a game, I’ve watched it twice now.
“The general feeling is probably the same as I had after the match, we started extremely well, played very well offensively but had a problem transition-wise so they got shots on target and chances just from the transition of an eight-yard sprint, which we need to stop.
“The main thing I saw in the game is that we let them get into situations where it was just a sprint. It was not about football or technical stuff, they just went in a competitive sprint with our player.
“We want to stop that, so that’s something we will focus on.”
He also touched on the attacking areas, looking for his side to continue to find spaces in front of the opposition defence.
“Other things is that my feeling that we got in behind their midfield and behind their backline a lot,” he said.
“That has been backed up by data within the club, which we have been sky rocketed up to be one of the top teams in the league to get into the pockets and behind them.
“That feels very good that it has been backed up by the data and the feeling I had after the game, and of course we will try to keep on doing that.”