Cape Town - Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg admits his players
looked scared against Brighton as they suffered a defeat at home on Thursday.
A 2-1 reverse at the Emirates Stadium means Arsenal have
gone nine games without a win, a streak not matched since 1977.
Neal Maupay's late header sealed a deserved victory for the
Seagulls, who had led through Adam Webster's first-half effort as Alexandre
Lacazette temporarily levelled for the beleaguered hosts.
Ljungberg replaced Unai Emery on an interim basis after the
Spaniard was sacked last week but has so far been unable to address an alarming
slide in form.
Arsenal has not won since October 24 and Ljungberg admits
confidence is rock bottom as he looks to turn things around heading into the
packed Christmas schedule.
"They look very short on confidence," he said.
"In the first half they were scared to get the ball and
a bit scared to move, they were just standing still.
"That's something we need to talk about. They need to
have a win; we need to dig out a win and get them some confidence.
"They can do it because they showed it in the beginning
of the second half and they did it really well for 20 minutes.
"It's hard to say that when you lose at home, but they
were very good in that little spell."
- TeamTalk Media