Former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg has criticised his old club for the extent of their celebrations after clinching fourth place in the Premier League and with it, a place in the Champions League, ESPN
Ljungberg spent nine years with the Gunners, joining from Halmstads in 1998 and leaving for West Ham in 2007, and won the Premier League twice under Arsene Wenger, as well as three FA Cups, and the ex-Sweden international believes the display of delight at finishing fourth this season is a sign of how standards have slipped since his playing days.
“I’m not too happy that they celebrated,” Ljungberg said. “How I see the club is different, I’m from the old school and Pat Rice said to me if you don’t win a trophy every year it is a big failure.
“It’s a bit different now and they have all the debt from the new stadium and we will have to see what happens this summer – hopefully they will have a better team next year.”
The 36-year-old, who retired from football after a spell in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse, believes Arsenal are not too far from their former lofty perch – but stressed the need for Wenger to keep hold of his star players, having lost the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas in recent years.
“I think they have the foundations, but maybe they need to get some very good players to spice it up a little bit,” Ljungberg added. “It’s hard for any team if you let your best players go every year. It’s not even possible to compete to win then and Wenger has done really well with the squad he has.”
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