Freddie Ljungberg won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times during his nine years under boss Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but the Swedish star admits all is not well at the club at the moment. "I get sad just to look at the results in the last couple of years," said the midfielder now playing for Seattle Sounders in America.
"When I played at Arsenal they always said if you don't win a trophy every year then it was not good enough. That is the mentality the players have.
"It's hard, I hope they turn it around."
The Gunners have not won a trophy since they moved to the Emirates in 2005 and Ljungberg believes the financial constraints are affecting their ability to compete in the transfer market.
"The feeling I get is the financial situation is a bit tight and it is because of the new stadium," the 32 year old added.
"What is the state of the club? Can they spend money or not? Nobody has ever come out and said why they are not spending.
"Everyone is asking that question."