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Stephan Lichtsteiner sends worrying message to Freddie Ljungberg, opens up on Unai Emery’s big weakness at Arsenal

Former Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has opened up on his time at the club after leaving on a free transfer at the end of last season.

The veteran Swiss defender, now with Bundesliga club Augsburg, spent just one season at the Emirates Stadium, and didn’t have the best time as he failed to play regularly and formed part of the side that missed out on a top four spot and lost the Europa League final under Unai Emery.

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Emery got off to a poor start to this season with Arsenal as well, and was sacked last week after his team lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in charge on a temporary basis as the club continue to be linked with some big managerial names by the Daily Mirror and others.

Lichtsteiner, speaking to i News, has warned Ljungberg and whoever succeeds him about the lack of experience in this Arsenal squad, and also explained where he felt it went wrong for Emery in his brief time in north London.

“Sometimes, an older player can manage the pressure and the criticism from the fans in another way from a young player,” he said.

“Last year, [despite] all the criticism I took, I was used, because I played for Juve and it was not different, I played for Lazio and it was not different.

“Now, I don’t see the players who can show the younger players how to manage being in a big club and having the pressure to win every weekend.

“Maybe that is something that Arsenal are missing.”

On Emery, he added: “I’d say [he is] a good trainer, a good coach, but maybe he struggled with the top players.

“With the big players, he hasn’t maybe the relationship to bring more out [of them] and get the top performances.

“Maybe that point I can say [something] negative, but the rest was almost everything positive.”

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