Ahead of the game against West Ham on Monday night, a number of mainstream media outlets tried to claim that the Arsenal players were not behind Freddie Ljungberg.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Their basis for this claim?

Well, it seems a few of them (or maybe even just one, they do like to back each other up) contacted a player or two to get comment on Freddie before Arsenal went to West Ham.

They received none.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal embraces Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal as he leaves the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal embraces Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal as he leaves the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Of course, this is most likely the club instructing players to say nothing, as tends to happen following bad results at the Arsenal and has been going on longer than the last few weeks.

The silence, however, was enough for some to claim that the players were refusing to back Freddie.

Harry Pratt in te Star on Sunday, 8 December 2019
Harry Pratt in the Star on Sunday, 8 December 2019
Star on Sunday 8 December 2019
Star on Sunday 8 December 2019

And it wasn’t just the Star on Sunday/Daily Star, either:

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At the time, it all felt like tabloid nonsense and the player’s reactions as they scored and, eventually, went on to win against West Ham on Monday night, confirmed that.

Lovely stuff and made that elusive win feel just a tiny bit sweeter and was just one of a number of things I noticed during the game.