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The Arsenal icon is coming out of retirement for a brief spell in Asia, where he intends to help raise awareness in the division's inaugural season

Former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that he will be joining the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) which is scheduled to kick off in September.

The Swede retired from professional football after a short spell with Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012 following a career in which he shone brightest in his nine-year stint with the Gunners.

But money talks and Ljungberg, 37, has announced his decision to make a comeback two years after hanging up his boots, although there is no word yet which one of the eight teams in the new league the Swede will be playing for.

He tweeted: "Joining Indian Super League in September for three months to help promote football in India.

"Even though I retired, the opportunity to play in India is really exciting. I'm keen to share my knowledge and experience of the Premier League."

The ISL was devised in reaction to the nation's hugely successful rebranding of their domestic cricket format and had already tempted former Barcelona attacker Luis Garcia and ex-England goalkeeper David James out of retirement.

Ljungberg made 328 appearances for Arsenal between 1998 and 2007, scoring 72 goals. He was a regular in the legendary 'Invincibles' Arsenal side that won the 2003-04 Premier League campaign wherein they remained unbeaten.

Meanwhile, he scored 14 goals in 75 appearances for the Sweden national team, representing them at the two World Cups and two European Championships.