Newcastle Can Capture Freddie Ljungberg from Arsenal

There are reports circulating again that Newcastle may be after Freddie Ljungberg the Arsenal mid-field player. No way to know right now if there is truth to this but Freddie would be a good addition to the squad and provide some experience as an attacking midfielder at Newcastle.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is apparently ready to let his Swedish star leave the club on a free transfer.


Fredrik Ljungberg

The fact that Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle are said to be the two clubs after Freddie suggests to us that Sam Allardyce was interested in Freddie when he was still at Bolton – and therefore this rumor may have some truth to it.

With Sam’s reputation of bringing the best out of aging stars may attract Ljungberg to Newcastle. Not that Freddie is very old – having just turned 30 in April.
The Swedish international made 26 appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring two goals and at Arsenal has made a total of 214 appearances scoring 46 goals.

He was signed by Wenger in 1998 from Swedish club Halmstads BK for £3M.
Ljungberg joined Halmstads in Sweden as a youth player at the age of five. He made his senior debut for them on 23 October 1994 in the Swedish First Division against AIK at the age of seventeen. He went on to make 139 appearances and score 16 goals for Halmstads and won both the Swedish Cup and League title with the club. Halmstads BK last won the Swedish league in 2004.

Freddie has played 63 times for Sweden scoring 13 goals.

To us there seems little risk in going after Freddie – it’s certainly a good price – and Freddie can give us that extra bit of class as an attacking midfielder.

We will need a larger squad than last year to challenge for a higher position in the league – even though we have not qualified for Europe. Players like Freddie would vastly improve our squad – and he still has a good few years left in top class football.

Comments on this welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Harlan

    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Freddie will not choose Bolton ‘cos he’s always criticised Sam’s style which is a combination of long balls, long throw ins, pulling of defenders and sometimes assaulting keepers during corner kicks, kicking opponents off the park; in sum not playing football but playing rough to win games by whatever means. He was succssful at Bolton ‘co refrees looked the other way as his team bullied opponents to victory. I’m surprised Newcastle admire such style of play and thus went for him, he will ultimately deface Newcastle. Freddie won’t come ‘cos he doesn’t like that tyle, its more likely he will go to Portsmouth.

  • mr. gunner

    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #2

    We have had a subpar Freddie at Arsenal for the last two years. If Newcastle want to get somewhere I do not think he will help the cause, at least not on a daily basis. You guys have Milner on the right already, who is much better than Freddie. Freddie should only come as a backup. If NobbySolano is still there, then freddie is no use.

    Good luck Geordies (I miss Ginola)

  • Cicero

    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Freddie would be a great signing or the toon. To compete with teams like Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool we need to fill up our squad with class players rather than journeymen and young hopefuls and Freddie certainly fits the bill. Getting top players on frees is one of Sam’s biggest assets which means he can get our squad up to an competitive size and class on a budget and bring in 2 or 3 world class players with Ashley’s millions. I would like him to go for Michael Carrick who we might be able to prise away from the Manks now they have Owen Hargreaves and I’d also like a world class goalkeeper, Shey’s ok but not in the same league as Petr Chech at Chelsea or Pepe Reiner at Liverpool. And what about Jonathan Woodgate back in black and white, that would really finish off the Smoggies.

  • chappie

    Jun 8, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #4

    There is a reason Arsenal are letting him go on a free. He is on 75k a week. He will want his new club to pick up those wages. Letting him go on a free allows whichever club he chooses to use whatever they would have paid in transfer fees to cover that wage packet. He is not getting enough game time at The Emirates to warrant those wages which could be better spent by Arsenal on new players or new contracts for existing players.

  • kieram

    Jun 8, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #5

    he would be a gr8 capture and he is for free

  • Sue

    Jun 8, 2007 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Freddie wouldnt fit in to Allardyce’s style of play. Freddie doesnt hoof the ball he has style & class.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 8, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Sue – that’s why we want him. Hey – we fans are hoping that Sam will play good football 😀

  • alex scott

    Jun 8, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #8

    All these comments about sams style of play are misplaced. He didn’t really play that type of football as stats seem to back up. And to be honest look at chelseas style of play?? People just don’t grasp that aside from man u and arsenel (and sometimes liverpool) most teams in the premier league play crappy football thats all about getting physical. I wouldn’t really want freddie at the toon as he wouldn’t get in the first team and £75k is a lot of wages for a squad player.

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  • Neil

    Jun 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Bolton’s style of play under Allardyce was due to the type of squad he had which to me shows he’s a good coach.

  • Tooner

    Jun 8, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t want Ljungberg because he still suck wages like Dyer does and Luque did. He’s completely fallen apart in the last 2 years and should be nowhere near a first team position. Wasting money, albeit not a transfer fee, on another bench rider is exactly what the Toon do not need again.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 8, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Alex, Neil – i agree – Sam is no fool.
    He knows that Newcastle fans want to see attractive football – and as Neil says he played a style at Bolton which suited what he had there – that is a good coach. At Newcastle he already has a much better squad than he ever had at Bolton – and will play attractive football – at least at home. He has said he’ll grind it out away from home – so we can get some points. He knows very well that on August 9th the team has to hit the ground running – and we need to do very well before Xmas.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 8, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Tooner – we were hoping that Sam could get the best out of Freddie – but agree we don’t need a high wage bench warmer next season – everybody in the squad should have a definite role – which is what Sam is renowned for.

  • Ebol

    Jun 8, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Cicero – I honestly can’t believe that you want to replace Shay Given. He may not be as good as Cech but he is certainly in the top three or four goalies in the Premiership and he has been our best player for years.

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    i know he was a great midfielder for wenger in their glory days but really under performed last year; however this could be down to a majorly injury struck season for him so he couldnt get any momentum going in his play. i agree with mr gunner that with milner in our team, freddie will be on the bench for a lot of his time as a replacement for young james. i also agree with the fact that he doesnt like the physical football that Sam inbeds in his team but Freddie wont be playing against us. he will actually fit in the way in whcih Sam played at bolton.

    at bolton, Sam had strong players all over the pitch, except for the wings, where he had lots of pace for burn past defenders e.g. anelka, gardener, vas te, el hadji diouf etc

    however i believe that his wages will be too much for someone on the bench for 25 games a season

    cant wait till next season!

  • Shaun

    Jun 16, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Lets wait to see how Sam starts the season before we talk about style


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