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Press conference quotes: Freddie Ljungberg

Freddie Ljungberg was all smiles after we ended our long winless run in the Premier League on Monday.

Read on for some of the key quotes from his press conference:

on what changed in the second half...
The players did amazingly. We had a gameplan and we wanted to move the ball a lot. First half we were slow, we were a bit lethargic, we didn't move, we didn't run. But that in my opinion comes when players are low and have no confidence. You don't do it at the speed you need to and it's been hard on the players, but I felt like we gave it a go in the second half and we did that. It was amazing to see, for me. And you saw West Ham getting a bit tired and a bit low around the 60th minute and we sliced them open and played some really good football, in my opinion. That's how we want to play and we were keeping the ball well. But of course, we don't get carried away. We have a lot of work to do on things but all credit to the players for how they did in the second half.

on how big that result could be for changing the mood...
I hope so! They looked happy in the dressing room, but I don't think any of us can imagine, in my opinion at least... Arsenal is a big football club. We are demanded to win football games and they haven't won for a long time. I at least have been able to feel or sense the pressure they've been under and you can always say 'well they're professional football players, they should deal with it' but it's been tough for them and you've felt it and seen it in games. Today, in the last 30 minutes, that lifted a bit and we started to play some good football and slice them open like I said. We've got a lot of things to work on but it felt nice with a win.

on whether it's difficult to find 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.

on whether one game is enough to help turn the season around...
Of course you always hope. But I try to not get carried away because I can still feel that there are things we need to work on and we're not near to where I want us to be. But of course, I hope that the happiness the players could feel, and that spirit and hopefully the belief in themselves, that they could pass the ball with a higher tempo and they could do one and two touches and they could do things a lot quicker, that they will have some positive effect on them.

on whether he is having any conversations with senior people at the club...
Yes, I speak to Edu. Of course we played with each other and we try to speak because I don't have so much of a staff! So I talk to him sometimes about football. But I've been told to work on a game-to-game basis and that's what I'm trying to do. Like I said, it's the club I love and I'll try to help them as much as I can. Then it's up to them to do what they do.

 

 

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