Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg hailed his side’s newfound belief as they powered to a 3-1 win away at West Ham on Monday evening.
The Gunners, who came into the clash having not won in nine, looked as if they might extend their winless run to 10 matches for the first 55 minutes, in which the Hammers went a goal in front through Angelo Ogbonna and looked dominant.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Ljungberg spoke of how he was “delighted” for the players after picking up his first win in charge of Arsenal.
“If you saw, we had a similar way of playing in the first and second half if you look at it, but the second half was a lot slower and that’s, in my opinion, belief,” the Swede said.
“Hit that ball with pace and believe in yourself that you can do it. That’s something we have to work on and of course, we still have a lot of small things to fix.
“It means so much for the players, I’m so delighted for them, they’ve been living under enormous pressure for the last couple of weeks and you could see it in their performances.
“They believe in how we want to play football and I feel around 60 mins West Hams are getting tired and our passing was getting a bit more crisp and faster. All of a sudden, we sliced them open and the boys did amazing.”
Asked if he felt it was going wrong after losing Kieran Tierney to injury and conceding in the first half, Ljungberg said: “That’s football. that’s the nice part of it. The players responded and dealt with it.
“We tried to play and as West Ham got tired, the boys just stepped up.”
Arsenal return to Europa League action on Thursday when they travel to Standard Liege in the final group stage match.
The Gunners need at least a draw to ensure progression to the last 32.