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'Big problem': Freddie Ljungberg completely disagrees with Arsenal boss Arteta's comments

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Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has responded to Mikel Arteta claiming after last night’s game against Villarreal that his side deserved to win.

The Gunners started the game terribly and were almost invisible in the first half. We improved considerably after the break, but we failed to get the one goal we needed, and that cost us our place in the competition.

Arsenal had four shots on target over 180 minutes of football against Villarreal. That is simply not good enough and we deservedly bowed out of the competition. However, Arteta believes we deserved to win.

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He told BT Sport: “I think over two legs and what happened today in the second half we deserved to win the game.”

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That really confused a vast majority of Arsenal supporters. Gooners don’t really agree on a lot of things, but the one thing we can all agree on is that Villarreal were the better side and they deserved to go through.

Ljungberg, like most of us, disagreed with Arteta’s comments yesterday. He pointed out that Arsenal only had four shots on target over two legs and claimed that a performance like that is simply not good enough.

He said on BT Sport after the game: “I like that he (Arteta) is protecting his players, but personally, if you look at the two legs, they had four shots on target in both legs – that’s not good enough.

“They’re not creating enough clear chances and that’s a big problem for them.”

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The Insider’s View:

Freddie’s spot on.

Although Arsenal created enough chances to get a goal last night, we simply didn’t do enough. The way we started looked like the game was a pre-season friendly, not a European semi-final where everything was at stake.

If Arsenal deserved anything from the two legs against Villarreal, it was to bow out of the competition. We got exactly what we deserved, so, we don’t really know what Arteta is going on about.

The pressure is well and truly on the Spaniard now. If results and results only are to be considered, he should be shown the door, but considering everything that has happened over the last 18 months, it won’t be a surprise to see him keep his job.

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