Arsene Wenger Signed Gunners Legend After Watching Him Terrorise England on TV

Joanna Durkan

​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he decided to sign Gunner legend Freddie Ljungberg after he watched the Sweden international terrorise England on television, according to the Metro

With over 300 appearances  and  72  goals s panning across nine years   for the Gunners, Ljungberg can credit his performance for his national side as the moment he caught the eye of one of Europe's top managers. 

In the book, 'The Wenger Revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal,' the Frenchman said:  "I saw Freddie Ljungberg giving a hell of a lot of problems to Martin Keown while watching him on television as he played for Sweden against England.

"I decided to buy him then. He became a huge Arsenal player."

Instantly impressed with Ljunberg’s pace and creativity, Wenger moved quickly in the transfer window by completing a £3m deal with Halmstads, despite never having seen him play in person.

The rest is history according to Wenger as Ljunberg made an immediate impact at the club, scoring five minutes into his debut against Manchester United, as he helped steer the Gunners to two league titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields. 

The 39-year-old did make a return to Arsenal last season to help guide a new line of young stars by coaching Arsenal’s Under-15’s, before making a move earlier this year with former academy director Andries Jonkers to Bundesliga's Wolfsburg.


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