Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has admitted that his players are “low on confidence” as the Gunners fell to a 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Thursday.
Neal Maupay scored the winner in the second half as the Seagulls earned their first-ever win in London against Arsenal, who are now on their worst run in 42 years.
Speaking to Amazon Prime Sport after the game, Ljungberg vowed that his side would plough on following the defeat, which left them in 10th in the Premier League table, 10 points off the top four.
“Of course it’s disappointing but we’ve got to keep on going,” the interim manager said. “The players are low on confidence, I think you can see that. There was a little bit of a reaction in the second half, we had a little discussion at half time and we had a good reaction for the second half.
“But we need to start the game like that, that can’t be at half time. That’s the biggest disappointment I have.
“We’re in a difficult situation, we’ve lost a lot of games and the confidence has gone down. We started the game flat with no energy. In my opinion it’s confidence, but of course it’s my job to get them to be aggressive and play with energy.
“At the same time, they had that at the start of the game, they had energy but I think it’s a bit of confidence.”
Asked if his players are aware of their responsibility for the club’s form, Ljungberg said: “The players do as good as they can.
“They are a bit low on confidence and that’s the main thing we have to fix.”
Arsenal‘s next fixtures see them face West Ham at the London Stadium next Monday before a Europa League clash with Standard Liege and then Manchester City at the Emirates.
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