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Santi Cazorla admits Arsenal are 'inconsistent' under Mikel Arteta but backs ex-team-mate to 'achieve big things' ahead of do-or-die Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal Santi Cazorla has admitted Arsenal have been inconsistent under Mikel Arteta The pair were team-mates and Cazorla has backed his friend to be a success Gunners face another of Spaniard's former sides Villarreal in huge tie this week Midfielder was a fan-favourite at Arsenal and revealed he loved playing for club

By Matt Verri For Mailonline

Published: 17:24 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 17:24 BST, 3 May 2021

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Santi Cazorla has insisted his former team-mate Mikel Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal despite a season where results have been largely unconvincing.

The Gunners are ninth in the Premier League table, and are relying on winning the Europa League to secure a place in Europe next season.

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But Cazorla, who played with Arteta in North London for four years under Arsene Wenger, back his friend to come good as manager.  

Santi Cazorla has back his former team-mate Mikel Arteta to be a success as Arsenal manager

Santi Cazorla has back his former team-mate Mikel Arteta to be a success as Arsenal manager

The Spaniard admitted the Gunners have been inconsistent under Arteta but still backs him

The Spaniard admitted the Gunners have been inconsistent under Arteta but still backs him

'I think he's the right man to take the club forward,' Cazorla told uefa.com.

'It's difficult to follow a period like Wenger's – the club has to adapt to another kind of football, another philosophy, another vision of football.

'He's got a clear idea of how he wants his team to play, they're in the semi-finals and they did well in the FA Cup [last season].

'They have been pretty inconsistent but you've got to give him time and

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