Freddie Ljungberg ‘hopes’ Mikel Arteta keeps Arsenal job despite dismal Villarreal defeat in Europa League

Freddie Ljungberg wants Mikel Arteta to remain Arsenal manager
Freddie Ljungberg wants Mikel Arteta to remain Arsenal manager (Pictures: BT Sport)

Freddie Ljungberg insists he ‘hopes’ Mikel Arteta keeps his job as Arsenal manager despite the club’s dismal defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.

Asked whether Arteta still has the support of Arsenal fans, Ljungberg told BT Sport: ‘There’s no fans here so that’s difficult to know. I hope he does.

‘I’m not going to stand here and say managers should stay or go. Listen, he’s a young manager and I hope he will stay.

‘But of course it’s not good enough for Arsenal football club and it’s up to the owners and other people within the football club.’

The former Arsenal caretaker boss added: ‘I’m a bit in shock unfortunately. I thought Arsenal would definitely go through.

‘The whole game there was no pressure really, Villarreal were the better team in both legs.

‘It’s an emotional evening but it’s the reality for Arsenal. We are far behind in the league and now out of Europe.’

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