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Ljungberg: Fans’ nervousness made Arsenal players ‘scared’

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Ljungberg: Fans’ nervousness made Arsenal players ‘scared’

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Date Posted: Friday 6 December 2019 12:04

Freddie Ljungberg admitted that Arsenal's confidence is at rock bottom after they lost at home to Brighton.

Neal Maupay's header sentenced interim coach Ljungberg to a 2-1 loss in their first home game in charge.

The Gunners have won nine games without a win, their worst leg in 42 years, with Ljungberg unable to oversee an immediate fortune after Unai Emery's resignation last week.

"It was hard. We didn't show up in the first half, we didn't work hard and we want to play," Ljungberg admitted.

“The hard part is that they seemed to have little confidence. They were very afraid to catch the ball, very afraid to move and were standing still.

"At halftime we said, 'This is not Arsenal, we have to give it a try.' That's what I want to do with them.

"It is a concern for any coach, a lack of confidence. It is obvious that the nervousness of the local crowd can affect players, regardless of their quality.

"They are human beings like everyone. They want to do well and feel the pressure. We just need to get a win to get some confidence."

Brighton dominated against a flaccid team and took a well-deserved lead in the corner, Adam Webster kicked Dan Burn's knockout ball and Aaron Connolly's touch on his way.

Arsenal should have equalized before the break after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made an inviting cross, but Joe Willock only managed to score against Mat Ryan, who struggled to save with his feet.

Ljungberg bet Nicolas Pepe's record at halftime and Arsenal immediately got brighter.

It took four minutes to equalize, Alexandre Lacazette's header from Mesut Ozil's corner soaring and flew off the far post as Sead Kolasinac challenged Ryan.

David Luiz had the ball in the net after an hour but was clearly blocked when he found Ozil's free-kick and VAR scored.

Instead, Brighton secured a notable victory when Aaron Mooy was given plenty of space on the left to swing the goal and Maupay stepped in front of Luiz to take a look at the header.

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