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Ljungberg criticises trophyless Arsenal

May 28, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has criticised the north London club for celebrating fourth position in the Premier League.

Freddie Ljungberg (L) and Thierry Henry with the Premier League crown.
APFreddie Ljungberg (L) and Thierry Henry with the Premier League crown.

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Playing over 200 games for Arsenal, the Swede was an integral part of manager Arsene Wenger's side as they conquered England in the early-2000s with triumphs in both the league and the FA Cup.

But the current Arsenal vintage have struggled to maintain the lofty heights set by their predecessors, so much so that even the fight for a spot in Europe is a long and arduous battle.

And it is a predicament that does not sit well with Ljungberg.

"I'm not too happy that they celebrated (winning fourth position)," the 36-year-old told The Telegraph. "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."

But the former West Ham and Celtic player does see signs for improvement, believing a number of new players could move the club back to the top of the Premier League.

However, he has warned that the club cannot afford to lose any of its current stars.

"I think they have the foundations, but maybe they need to get some very good players to spice it up a little bit," he said.

"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 Arsene Wenger has done really well with the squad he has."