English Premiership

Arsenal have 'a lot of work to do', says relieved Ljungberg

2019-12-10 08:11
Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg was delighted with the way they ended their winless run against West Ham on Monday but insists there's still a long way to go.

Second-half goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured an abysmal opening 45 minutes was a distant memory at full time with the Gunners moving up to ninth with this victory.

The 3-1 success at London Stadium was Arsenal's first in the Premier League since a win against Bournemouth at the beginning of October, but the club's interim boss was eager to point out there remains work to be done.

"First half we were slow, a bit lethargic and didn't move or run, but that comes when players are low and have no confidence because you don't do the things you need to," Ljungberg said.

"It has been hard, but I felt 'give it a go second half' and it was amazing for me to see.

"You saw West Ham get a bit tired and low around the 60th and we sliced them open and played some really good football. That is how we want to play, keeping the ball well, but of course, we won'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."

Angelo Ogbonna's deflected header ensured West Ham led at the break and as a result, Arsenal's players left the field to boos.

Martinelli, on his full league debut, levelled on the hour mark and Pepe curled in six minutes later.

Captain Aubameyang added a third not long after and the Gunners cruised to victory in the end, with the majority of West Ham fans leaving well before the conclusion of this London derby.

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