Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday July 22 2007
Arsene Wenger says that while Freddie Ljungberg's experience is vital to the younger players, he'll 'see how it goes,' in terms of injuries.
Ljungberg has been poor for Arsenal for the last 2 years, scoring less than half the nuber of goals in that time than he did in the one season before.
Ljungberg has been linked with a move away from Arsenal recently, with Fiorentina, Man City, Newcastle and now West Ham all reported to be interested in the Swedish captain.
Ljungberg, 30, joined The Gunners in 1998 for £3Million, making him the longest serving player in the current squad.
Wenger though, says that despite Ljungberg's injury plagued 2 seasons, he is still part of his plans for next season.
Speaking to Arsenal.com Arsene said: "Freddie is a winner. We have a very big squad, maybe not in numbers but in quality.
"We have many young players so the experienced ones have to show the way - not only footballistically but mentally - for a successful season."
Wenger did drop the most subtle of hints that Ljungberg's future could still be in the balance: "Last season Freddie had tremendous problems with his hamstrings so we will see how it goes this season. He will be part of the squad."
Personally, like many Arsenal fans, I think it's time for Ljungberg to move on. He's been a great player for us in the past, but his best years are now well and truly behind him.
8 years of giving his all for Arsenal has taken it's toll on him. We don't see those menacing runs into the box, or the running of 10KM a game.
It's sad but true, Freddie is finished!
Date:Sunday July 22 2007
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