Arsenal legend believes that the Gunners are capable of ending decade-long Premier League title drought this season, thanks to new signings
They may have last won the English Premier League title exactly a decade ago, but Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg — who was part of the 'Invincibles' Gunners side that won the 2003-04 EPL title without losing a match in the season — believes the Londoners are capable of clinching the coveted trophy this season having tided over their financial constraints.
Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg celebrates after scoring against Charlton Athletic in January 2005. Pic/Getty Images
"I believe Arsenal have a good chance of winning the league this season. To win the league you need to have the best players in the world. Due to financial restraints, we could not do that over the last few years. But now that we are out of it and (have) made some very good signings, we stand a chance. I hope the team goes all the way," Ljungberg, who is currently an ambassador for the club, told mid-day yesterday.
While Ljungberg has been impressed by Arsenal's showing against Manchester City in the season-opening Community Shield tie recently where they won 3-0, he emphasised that team spirit would be crucial if the Gunners are to win the title again.
"Not to sound too cocky, but we (The Invincibles) had one of the top three players in the world back in 2003-2004 in every position (strikers Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp; midfielder Patrick Vieira; goalkeeper Jens Lehmann; wingers Robert Pires and Ljungberg among others). But the main thing is that we had unity. Nobody had the need to prove he was better than someone else. We thought, 'You want to score? You score. We're all together'.
"Nobody cared about the statistics. We just wanted to win. You don't see that often in football," said Ljungberg, who was in Bangalore to launch Puma's new kit for Arsenal. Ljungberg, who will soon be seen plying his trade in India as part of the inaugural franchise-based Indian Super League, was pleasantly surprised with the awareness about Arsenal in India.
"It's great as a former Gunner to see how loved and celebrated the club is in India. Indian fans know a lot about the club," he remarked after interacting with fans during the kit launch.
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