Freddie Ljungberg urges Edu to take “obvious” Arsenal transfer measures after the Leeds draw

Freddie Ljungberg has asked Arsenal brass to continue supporting Mikel Arteta in the transfer market.

Arteta was one of the busier managers in the summer, taking on four new players.

Arsenal’s most expensive acquisition was Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, whose services they acquired from Atletico Madrid for £ 45million.

Gabriel Magalhaes was the North Londoners’ second most expensive contract and cost the club £ 27 million.

Former manager of the Gunners caretaker, Ljungberg, who took over the reins after Unai Emery’s sacking last November, was happy his old squad added to their squad over the summer, but believes more additions are needed.

Edu and Mikel Arteta were very busy in the summer transfer market

“Yes, it’s not easy. As he (Arteta) said, he thinks it’s going to be some kind of roller coaster ride, ”the Swede said on Sky Sports Super Sunday.

“If you look at that over the last few years I think they have good players there, but of course they have to invest in their squad. It is obvious to everyone.

“I think they did good business in the center-back position this summer, but if you look at the big clubs – City or Liverpool – they have top players in certain positions.”

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Arsenal were drawn 0-0 by Leeds United on Sunday night despite the luck they were lucky to get off Elland Road with a point.

The stalemate with Marcelo Bielsa’s forces set alarm bells off as it was the fourth time in five games that Arsenal have failed to find the back of the net.

Ljungberg is confident that Arteta will change things and says: “I think you need to give Arteta some time, it is his first management job.

“He needs time, as he says, he needs time to implement his ideas, but of course it’s difficult.

“When he first walked in, people were a little surprised at how he played. When we went back against the big teams, we used Aubameyang to counterattack, with the opposition full-backs too offensive.

“What I see now, when you watch the game in Leicester, UAE, you leaned back a little and didn’t have that much room for the full-backs.

Freddie Ljungberg wants Mikel Arteta to be supported in the transfer market

“I think people saw them play, and then it comes down to it, how do you create the odds another way?”

Arsenal will be back in action on Thursday night and will travel to Norway to face Eliteserien champions FC Molde in their fourth Europa League Group B game.



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