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Bernd Leno reveals Freddie Ljungberg's reaction following Norwich City draw

02 Dec 2019, 18:58 IST

A hapless Bernd Leno couldn
A hapless Bernd Leno couldn't do much about the two goals his side conceded at Norwich

Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno has lifted the lid on interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg's reaction following his side's dismal draw against Norwich City.

The Gunners shifted away from their supposed game plan by letting in a couple of silly goals. According to Ljungberg, his side lost control of the game in the second half, meaning they struggled to take home all the three points.

The Swede took over the reins just after the dismissal of Unai Emery on Friday, but 48 hours clearly didn't seem enough for him to imbibe a different culture on and off the pitch. Arsenal fell behind twice, only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace to spare their blushes. Leno said:

"Firstly, we’re disappointed because Freddie said in the dressing room that in the first half this was the game plan that we wanted, and the two goals by transition were not good, but in the second half we lost the control."
"I think when we analyse the game the first half was good because we controlled the game but only the two goals were not good."

Identifying the issue against a pacy Canaries outfit, Leno claimed that the North Londoners didn't press the opposition down constantly.

"I think in the second half the distances were too big and we didn’t press like we did in the first half. Against a team like Norwich they can play very well and on the counter attack and this was the main problem because it was a personal mistake or losing the ball and I think this was the difference."

The club's members, including the board, players and the management, know they have their work cut out amid this barren spell that has seen Arsenal record their worst league start since 1975.

Ljungberg and co. will aim to bag their first win in nine when they host Brighton and Hove Albion on Thursday.

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