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Former Arsenal star Ljungberg announces retirement

Former Arsenal star Ljungberg announces retirement

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The former Sweden captain, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time with the Gunners, has decided to call time on his 18-year career

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 35-year-old spent nine years at the north London outfit, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups between 1998 and 2007.

Ljungberg represented Sweden 75 times over a 10-year association and captained his side throughout the Euro 2008 qualification process before retiring following the conclusion of the tournament.

"It is with a bittersweet feeling that I now choose to end my football career. A decision that has emerged after six months of thinking about it,” Ljungberg said in a statement.

"During my football career I have had the opportunity to play with some of the top football players in the world, as well as teams in the world elite.

"I am grateful for everything football has given me and all the amazing people I met through my career. "

Ljungberg’s most successful season at Arsenal was the 2001-02 season, where his return of 17 goals from midfield aided his team to a Premier League and FA Cup double, before he played a key role in the ‘Invincibles’ team the following season.

However, a succession of injuries hampered his progress following a 2007 exit from the Gunners – leading to a multitude of short spells at the likes of West Ham, Celtic and MLS sides Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire.

Ljunberg’s last competitive appearance was for Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse, which terminated his contract by mutual consent in February.

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