Bernd Leno heaps praise on Freddie Ljungberg for bringing ‘real Arsenal’ back

first_imgArsenal had not won a game in nine matches before Monday Picture: Reuters)Bernd Leno insists Freddie Ljungberg is doing an excellent job as interim coach and believes the victory over West Ham was the return of the ‘real Arsenal’.Ljungberg got his first win as caretaker manager on Monday night against West Ham, snapping Arsenal’s nine-match wait for a victory in any competition.Gabriel Martinelli was handed his full Premier League by Ljungberg in a shock decision before the game and Leno heaped praised on the Swede.‘I do not know what the club is deciding,’ Leno said about the search for a full-time manager. ‘We only have to focus on now.ADVERTISEMENT Ljungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West HamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:09FullscreenLjungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West Ham is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Freddie is doing a very good job. The team know about his quality and the way they want to play.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We want to play with possession, keep the ball and also press very high, and also with transitions. It is not our decision, it is a decision of the club.‘From the first day he said he wanted to see laughing faces, to see a good atmosphere.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We had a bad time, we are all human and it is not easy. It was not like we did not try, but it just did not work.’Arsenal were losing the game at half-time following Angelo Ogbonna’s opener, before Martinelli sparked a second-half fight-back. Advertisement Bernd Leno heaps praise on Freddie Ljungberg for bringing ‘real Arsenal’ back Coral BarryTuesday 10 Dec 2019 1:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Ljungberg has already suffered one defeat as interim coach (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would score to secure a 3-1 victory and Leno detailed what was said during the interval.‘You could feel in the first half we had no confidence,’ he said.‘In the half-time we talked to each other and said we have to change something.‘The performance in the second half was impressive, we controlled the game, scored some nice goals, took our chances and it was well deserved.center_img Martinelli played a starring role for Arsenal in the win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)‘This result must give us confidence for the next weeks. Freddie was talking and analysing (at half-time). He showed us some situations that we needed to be braver.‘We did this. It is a good feeling, we all missed the feeling.‘He was calm but in a very straight way. It was not like everyone was not trying, but you could feel that we did not play in a free way and he made us more free to play.‘You could see this more in the second half. After the second and the third goal you could see how we can play with more confidence. This is the real Arsenal.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright sends class message to Gabriel Martinelli after record-breaking nightMORE: Marcelino ‘not optimistic’ about being offered Arsenal job after face-to-face interview Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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