Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has backed the club to re-emerge as a Premier League title force in the coming years, also insisting that no matter where he went, the Gunners would hold a special place in his heart.
Ljungberg was part of Wenger’s iconic Invincibles side that went the whole of the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten, and in total picked up two league medals along with three FA Cups in his nine years with the North London outfit.
He has since travelled to all corners of the world, taking the field for Celtic, Major League sides Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire, and most recently Japanese outfit Shimizu S-Pulse. However, he suggested during an interview with the official Arsenal website that he always kept one eye on the fortunes of the Gunners following his departure from the Emirates Stadium.
“Arsenal is a big part of my life,” Ljungberg told Arsenal.com. “I’m there quite often and live in London, so it’s important to me.
“I still keep in touch with my old team-mates, too. We’re all great friends, and I actually saw Jens Lehmann down in Munich recently. Most of us still talk a lot to each other.”
When asked about the chances of the current Arsenal unit, Ljungberg sounded rather upbeat, saying: “I enjoy watching the current team – it’s a young side and will hopefully get better and better. With the addition of one or two good signings, things look bright.”
Ljungberg, who left Shimizu by mutual consent in February this year, spoke of the great learning curve he experienced when he travelled abroad.
“When I went to America, it was a big thing to learn about cultures and other people. That’s what I’ve been doing since leaving Arsenal – I’ve been to America and Japan and the experience has been amazing. You gain a lot and it’s important to me to learn from different people.”
When asked about his future, the 35-year old free agent said that he felt he had a few more years left in him, and was considering the offers he has on his table currently.