Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Arsenal are stronger in second halves

Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Arsenal are stronger in second halves

Arsenal came from behind for the second time in three days to secure a 2-2 draw against Standard Liege with Freddie Ljungberg revealing that their possession wears down opponents in the closing half. 

The draw ensured that Arsenal sealed a place in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 as Group F winners meaning that they will avoid seeded teams in the draw.

The Gunners have come from behind to get results against Norwich City, West Ham United, and Standard Liege since Ljungberg took over from Unai Emery last month.

Speaking in a press conference after the draw against Liege, Ljungberg explained why Arsenal have stronger second halves, "I believe that even in the first half against West Ham and today we tried to have possession.

"Maybe it's a bit slower because we didn't have the intensity sometimes but it wears the opponent's down. What they did in the first half when we sliced through them we should probably have scored.

"We did really well first half. That pace in the end of games, in my opinion, people get tired and out of position. They can't follow us all the time. Sometimes you have to plug away, plug away.

"Maybe when opponents get tired you get that little bit of extra meter. That's when you score the goals. For me that's part of the gameplan, hopefully, if you plug away it gets easier the later the game gets."