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Ljungberg Complete's West Ham Switch

Ljungberg Complete's West Ham Switch

Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has completed a £3Million switch to West Ham United.

The 30-year-old Swedish international spent 9 years at Arsenal after moving from Halmstads in 1998.

Fiorentina and Machester City also expressed an interest in Freddie, but West Ham have won the race to sign him.

It's interesting that this has happened only 10 days after Ljungberg's agent ruled out a move to another Premiership club.

At the time Claes Elefalk told TT:'I haven't talked to Fredrik about that (interest), but he has earlier said that due to his respect for the Arsenal fans he can't play for another English club.'

Freddie had fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger, and was likely to start next season as 4th choice winger behind Hleb, Rosicky and Walcott.

West Ham are only Ljungberg's third club since he started in football 25 years ago. He signed for Halmstads as a 5-year-old, moved to Arsenal some 16 years later, where he has spent the last 9 years.

Speaking to Sky Sports News during the press confrence Freddie said: 'I'm coming here because I want to build a great team.

'And why I want to join is because of Magnusson. He wants to bring them forward to be top of the country.

'He's willing to go to the transfer market to buy top players and mix them with youth players. West Ham have a great academy.

'He wants to help take the club up and take them to the top in England. It's a big challenge for me.'

All the best Freddie.

The exciting aspect of this transfer for Arsenal fans is the fact that Freddie will have to be replaced...but by who?

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday July 23 2007
Time: 2:30PM

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Fantastic player for us for a long time, but it was the right time for him to move on. It's still sad to see him leave, but it's also exciting.
23/07/2007 14:32:00
Strange thing is that the Arsenal official site says its for an undisclosed fee, while the WHU site the fee might go upto £3M. Best of luck to Freddie !!
23/07/2007 14:36:00
I may or may not get slated for this but.......thank **** for that. He HAS been a great servant for us, but he is also a HAS BEEN. Offered nothing to the team and now we got £3M and offloaded a 70K a week burden. Keep trimming that deadwood Arsene.
23/07/2007 14:37:00
No, you're spot on boss. We all grow to love our players in our own way, but the club ALWAYS comes first. I said yesterday, that £70K a week is nearly a million in a season, a lot of money! With £3Million Wenger signed Toure, Fabregas, Clichy, Eboue, Merida, Djourou and Senderos - and still had change!
23/07/2007 14:41:00
you done well to palm the little gay pants model of onto the spam imo.
23/07/2007 14:43:00
Yet again arsenal sell a player for well under his value, which raises the question why? Yes his wages were extremely high, but he made the club more in merchandising & he added to the squad in terms of experience even though he clearly wasn't the player from a few years ago....................If as was suggested above, he was the fourth choice winger, then why would Wenger feel the need to replace him? Surely he would think the club can save money by using a youngster such as randall for the 15-20 appearances he would've made. Finally, I would like to tkank Freddie for all he has done for Arsenal fc, he was a major part of our success & I wish him all the best, I just wish he had gone abroad!!
Ashburton Gooner
23/07/2007 14:44:00
£70k per week = £3.64 million p.a.
23/07/2007 14:46:00
I am surprised that he joined another Premiership Club after (allegedly) saying that he would not do so - I thought that loyalty from ANY professional footballer was asking for too much. Good business for you though if you get 33 million.
23/07/2007 14:49:00
oh ***** year, I did £70K a month over a season! £2.8Million a season!!!
23/07/2007 14:49:00
Following the recent trend of ex-players taking a pot shot at Arsenal, Freddie's comments also sound a little bitter. I dont see why players feel the need to do that to justify a transfer by talking down what Arsenal have done, rather havent done - i.e. not signing great players. He does say that he wanted to be loyal, which should count in his favour, I suppose.
23/07/2007 14:49:00
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