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The rumour mill has put two and two together and made five concerning the former Gunner, it seems...

Rumours originating in his native Sweden, and reported in the Seattle Times, have linked midfielder Freddie Ljungberg's London trip this weekend with a possible - but unsubstantiated - meeting with representatives of Arsenal, his former club.

The possibility seems extremely far-fetched, and follows speculation earlier in the summer that Arsenal might be interested in bringing former skipper Patrick Vieira back to the club. That came to nothing, and it seems improbable that Arsene Wenger would envisage reintegrating Ljungberg into his squad.

Sounders FC, the Seattle-based MLS outfit, have so far offered no comment on the speculation, but have confirmed that Ljungberg travelled to England after his team's Open Cup victory on Wednesday. The Sounders will not play again until September 12.

The reports coming out of Sweden suggest that Ljungberg could be loaned out to an English Premier League club - such as the Gunners - this winter, after the MLS season has ended, before returning to play for the Sounders again next year, similar to David Beckham with Milan.

Ljungberg is under contract with the Sounders until the end of next season, and has said he enjoys Seattle and anticipates playing out both years of his contract.

The club's general manager, Adrian Hanauer, told the Seattle Times that he had not been contacted by Arsenal or any other team recently to discuss Ljungberg.

Graham Lister, Goal.com

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