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Wrong Said Fred

Arsenal veteran, Freddie Ljungberg has offered an apology to the linesman who ruled Darren Bent's goal against the Gunners was onside after the Swedish wing man gave him what for.

I too initially thought it offside, but the margin was so small you have to give the attacking team the benefit of the doubt.

Ljungberg was hot headed in heat of the moment but upon reflection, feels he may have been 'harsh'.

"To be honest I was quite sure that [their goal] was offside but afterwards I was told that it was not. If we were a bit harsh on the linesman then we have apologise about that. It really looked very much like offside but I heard it was not." said Freddie

As for the rest of the game, Ljungberg was happy we showed great character to come back after going a goal down.

"We showed some character,' said Ljungberg. 'After they scored I felt we were playing a little bit too straight and too quickly.

"But then we controlled the game quite well with our passing and we went into the lead. They put us under pressure with some crosses but I felt we coped so I was very happy.'




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 3 2006

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

I think Freddie doesnt like RVP, Ive never seen him even congratulate Van Persie anytime he has scored a goal, I've never seen them talk in a friendly manner (joking) and Cole said once in trainig Van Persie said "Why dont you ever talk to me." What are other peoples thoughts on this?
yusufine
I haven't had a chance to see this goal on the highlights yet, am I to assume it was onside? At the time I thought it looked offside, but in honesty I was behind the goal and had a poor position so I didn't give the lino a mouthful. As for Freddie and RVP, football teams are like any other workplace, some you get on with, others you don't. As long as a rift does not get taken onto the pitch it's o.k. I have to say I was disappointed with TH's attitude towards Reyes. TH had every right to be annoyed with Reyes over the Aragones incident, but taking it onto the pitch and harming the team was stupid and childish.
Little Dutch
Can you give me an example of what TH did on the pitch. (must of missed it)
yusufine
The constant remonstrations with Reyes, refusing to accept his passes, the scowling, never celebrating with Reyes. Villa away 2005, he pushed Reyes away when celebrating, march 2004 he pulled Reyes's arm off his back. Henry basically bullied him, and its something that disappointed me in Henry.
Little Dutch
"March 2004 he pulled Reyes' arm off of his back." Was that against the Mancs Little Dutch? How do you not accept a pass?Half of TH goals cam from Reyes' through balls.
yusufine
Yes it was v. Man Utd, the fact is if Reyes hit a pass that was anything less than perfect, Henry would shout at him. In Munich I actually saw Henry step out of the way of a Reyes pass, letting it go for a throw in.
Little Dutch
Sorry to flood you with questions but who was the person who let the media know what Arragones said? Do you think it was a major factor in Reyes wanting to leave Arsenal? I know he said he missed Spain and he felt let down when he wasnt included in the UCL final starting XI, but I think that also played a major part.
yusufine
Thats unusual, you dont often hear of a player saying sorry to an offical!
simmy8_2000
A noble gesture from Freddie to issue an apology and admitting he was wrong. Our lovely neighbour Martin Jol did the opposite in defending his diving player.
JakeB
I think that incident caused a huge split in the squad. Henry, I believe, was justifiably annoyed with Reyes who did not criticise Aragones for the incident. At the time, there were two cliques in the dressing room between french and spanish players. This was emphasised a couple of weeks before the Aragones thing when Lauren and Vieira, opposing members of the two cliques, had a fight after the Rosenberg game. Cesc, Almunia, Reyes and Lauren were then one side of the fence, Vieira, Henry, Pires and Cygan were the other. This is what Reyes meant when he said there were "bad people" at Arsenal. The more powerful members of each clique have been removed. Of course, a couple of weeks after the Aragones incident came Old Trafford and this was the beginning of the end for the invincibles and I believe these are the reasons that side was broken up so quickly. Of course this is just my opinion, it could all be bull****. Oh and Aragones was caught on camera.
Little Dutch
It also probably added to the English players feeling they had absolutely no power in the dressing room. Who knew one fat, old spanish man could debarkle such a tight knit group. Anyway thanks for taking the time to clear things up. :)
yusufine
Why would or should the english players have any more power than any other nationality? Every player should have the same input except for the captain/Vice captain and star man imo!
LondonGooner
but cesc and thierry seem to be getting along ok these days!;)
theking13
"yusufine" appears to have an agenda here.Whatever it maybe, the Gunners are a winning team.
SWPACIFIC
No agenda mate. What makes you think that? Everyone has an opinion, some are stupid like yours "SWPACIFIC."
yusufine
i reckon he should focus more on playing football than the refs decision because in my opinion hes not doing it for me
abdleb
 

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