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Freddie Ljungberg reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running to the toilet during Arsenal defeat


The Arsenal skipper was caught short while his team were losing on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)

Freddie Ljungberg had a rather amused reaction to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s mid-game dash to the toilet and defended the Arsenal striker’s brief departure despite the team trailing at the time.

The Gunners’ wait for a Premier League win continued on Thursday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at the Emirates, with Neal Maupay getting the winning goal late on after the hosts had levelled the scores at the start of the second half.

With time running out and Arsenal searching for an equaliser, Aubameyang – the club’s top scorer and skipper – suddenly disappeared down the tunnel.

Aubameyang jogged back onto the pitch after his trip to the toilet (Picture: Getty)

He returned a few minutes later having missed an attacking corner with some fans criticising his brief departure from the game, particularly given that Arsenal were without a striker with Alexandre Lacazette having already been subbed off.

While Ljungberg is unsure about what exactly was wrong with Aubameyang, he couldn’t help but smirk at his striker’s predicament and feels sometimes the call of nature is just too strong to ignore.

Asked if Aubameyang had rushed to the toilet, Ljungberg told reporters: ‘I actually don’t know! He ran off and then came back two or three minutes later, it could have been, yes!’

On whether it was a bit odd to leave the pitch with Arsenal needing a goal so close to full-time, he added: ‘Well maybe you should ask him about that. But if you feel bad you feel bad, there’s nothing you can change.’

The result ruined Ljungberg’s return to the Emirates as manager, albeit on an interim basis, and extended their winless run in the Premier League which stretches back to the start of October.

On the current malaise, he continued: ‘It’s never easy when you sack a manager and people are low on confidence. It’s never easy for any player.

Ljungberg’s hopes of getting the Arsenal job full-time took a big hit (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought at Norwich we started really well, I thought if we got a goal there it would have given the players the confidence they needed and get going.

‘If you looked here today second half they started really well, I was sure we were going to win the game and get going again.

‘hen we got a bit sucker punched, they played through on one side, we lose the marking in the box and it’s a goal. It’s hard to take but we keep plugging away.’

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