Bernd Leno has revealed that Freddie Ljungberg was angry with Arsenal’s players for stepping away from their game plan in their draw with Norwich.
The Swede was taking charge of Arsenal for the first time having been handed the reins after Unai Emery was sacked on Friday.
Ljungberg was only given two days to impart his plans on his players for the trip to Carrow Road on Sunday.
But after going down by two goals in the first half, Ljungberg was left frustrated by the defending – despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double saving his debut.
“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,” keeper Leno said.
“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.
“In the second half we have to work in transition.
“I think it’s not only about the defence, midfield or the strikers.
“I think in the second half the distances were too big and we didn’t press as 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.”
Arsenal are on a run of eight matches without a victory – but Leno thinks there were signs of improvements on Sunday.
“I think in the first half we saw the [improvements], we controlled the game better and the penalty was won because we were higher and we had many chances,” Leno said.