Freddie Ljungberg stated his believe that the atmosphere around the Emirates will improve when the fans see good football and get great results.
The aura around the Emirates has been poor in recent times and this is largely due to the results the team has been getting.
Without a win in nearly two months, the fans are desperate for the team to return to winning ways. Freddie thinks the fans will bring more energy when they get what they want.
“I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play. Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich. I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half.
“We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that. That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That’s important for the players.
“When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games. They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that. Whether that’s me or someone else as a coach, I don’t think that matters so much.
Ljungberg spoke on the things he can change in the next couple of days.
“Yesterday was a recovery day for the ones who played. Again, today, they have to recover because we play a lot. We’re training but the ones who played at Norwich will join us tomorrow in a short session.
“Of course we look at videos and the small details. I think it’s vital to change against Brighton. Of course, like I said before, if you have a pre-season for six or eight weeks, there’s a lot of things you can work on.
“Here you have to think, ‘That little piece is very important so that’s what we’re going to focus on’. That’s what we want to do.
On if the criticism of the defence is justified, he said: “No, I think my players try to defend. Of course you can have different types of players in the squad. That’s just a fact, that you have different types of players.
“We’ve had a gameplan we’ve tried to execute and I want to defend. Of course we need to try to find solutions. If players are not super quick and we say, ‘You’ve got to sprint for this or that’, that’s going to be difficult for that player.
“In general terms, we try to put out a structure so that everybody knows what to do. The main thing I saw in the game is that we let them get into situations where it was just a sprint. It was not about football or technical stuff, they just went in a competitive sprint with our player. We want to stop that.