Freddie Ljungberg completed his move to West Ham United on Monday afternoon.

Our tribute to the former Gunner starts here with a look back at Freddie's finest moments in an Arsenal shirt.

 

Freddie Ljungberg

v Manchester United, Sep 1998

Freddie Ljungberg

v Lazio, Sep 2000



Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
Premiership. September 20, 1998
Freddie didn't waste any time endearing himself to the Arsenal fans. With 11 minutes remaining and Manchester United being put to the sword at Highbury, the Swede replaced Nicolas Anelka. Five minutes after receiving a warm ovation from a happy home crowd, Ljungberg ghosted into the box to turn a misdirected pass into a scoring opportunity. Peter Schmeichel raced out but Ljungberg lobbed him to get his Arsenal career off to a perfect start.

Arsenal 2-0 Lazio
UEFA Champions League. September 27, 2000
In his prime Ljungberg was the man for the big occasion. He scored in two FA Cup Finals and also rose to the challenge on those big European nights. Lazio arrived at Highbury in September 2000 packed with star quality but they left with nothing. Ljungberg picked the perfect time to break his duck for the season, opening the scoring with a neat finish two minutes before half time. The Swede added a second early in the second half to finish off the Serie A outfit.

 

Freddie Ljungberg

FA Cup Final 2001

Freddie Ljungberg

v Juventus, Dec 2001



Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal
FA Cup Final. May 12, 2001
Arsenal were dominating Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium but, somehow, had failed to break the deadlock. Thierry Henry missed a hatful of chances, Stephane Henchoz denied Arsenal one goal with a desperate handball and the luck was with Liverpool. Finally, with 18 minutes to go, Ljungberg burst through the centre, took the ball past keeper Sander Westerveld and fired into an empty net. The relief was palpable. The less said about the rest of the game, the better.

Arsenal 3-1 Juventus
UEFA Champions League. December 4, 2001
A little over a year after seeing off Lazio, Ljungberg was the thorn in Juve's side. The Old Lady of Turin had the likes of Del Piero, Nedved, Thuram and Trezeguet in their ranks but Ljungberg took centre stage. He was first to react to give Arsenal the lead from close range after 21 minutes and, after Juve had threatened to nick a draw, he put the result beyond doubt. With two minutes to go, Ljungberg darted onto Bergkamp's dinked pass and lifted the ball over Gianluigi Buffon.

 

Freddie Ljungberg

v Liverpool, Dec 2001

Freddie Ljungberg

v Bolton Wanderers, Apr 2002



Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
Premiership. December 23, 2001
A key moment on the road to the title. Arsène Wenger's side were up against it at Anfield after Gio van Bronckhorst's red card but they led thanks to Thierry Henry's penalty. Then Robert Pires left Steven Gerrard for dead on the left and crossed low for Ljungberg to convert at the near post. It was the perfect example of Ljungberg's eye for goal and his ability to time his runs into the penalty area. His celebrations in front of the away end will live long in the memory.

Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Arsenal
Premiership. April 29, 2002
With Robert Pires nursing a knee ligament injury, Ljungberg emerged as Arsenal's matchwinner during the title run-in. Vital goals against Ipswich and West Ham had kept the Gunners on course and this one topped the lot. Once again Ljungberg timed his run to perfection. Once again Dennis Bergkamp picked him out with a visionary pass. Once again the Swede finished emphatically to leave Arsenal within touching distance of the Premiership trophy.

 

Freddie Ljungberg

FA Cup Final 2002

Freddie Ljungberg

v Sunderland, May 2003



Chelsea 0-2 Arsenal
FA Cup Final. May 4, 2002
Ray Parlour scored a superb opener but, in the eyes of the fans, this was Freddie's Final. The red streak in Ljungberg's hair had been imitated by many Arsenal supporters and "We Love You Freddie..." echoed around the Millennium Stadium before, during and after the game. Ljungberg duly obliged with his ninth goal in eight games, powering past John Terry before curling a shot beyond Carlo Cudicini to put Arsenal two goals up. Arguably his finest moment in red and white.

Sunderland 0-4 Arsenal
Premiership. May 11, 2003
The title had gone but the goals still flowed for Arsenal and for Freddie. Days after Pires and Pennant hit trebles against Southampton, Ljungberg notched his first and only hat-trick in Arsenal's colours. Sunderland, already consigned to the drop, had no answer to the super Swede as he struck after 39, 78 and 88 minutes. Arsenal's 4-0 victory at the Stadium of Light was the second match in what would eventually be a record 49 games unbeaten in the league.

 

Freddie Ljungberg

v Dinamo Zagreb, Aug 2006

Freddie Ljungberg

v Bolton Wanderers, Feb 2007



Arsenal 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Champions League. August 23, 2006
A little bit of history for Ljungberg. Thierry Henry scored the first Arsenal goal at Emirates Stadium, Gilberto grabbed Arsenal's first competitive goal at the ground, but Freddie scored Arsenal's first European goal at their new home. Eduardo, now an Arsenal player, struck first for Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League qualifier but Ljungberg nodded the home side level with 13 minutes left. Mathieu Flamini grabbed the winner in stoppage time.

Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Arsenal
FA Cup Fourth Round Replay. February 14, 2007
Freddie's last goal for Arsenal and one which encapsulated what he brought to the team for nine years. Jeremie Aliadiere made inroads into Bolton's defence and Ljungberg, hovering on the shoulder of the last defender, picked the perfect time to make his run. Aliadiere rolled the ball into Ljungberg's path and the Swede, like so often before, slammed his shot into the corner. It was a vital goal in the context of the Cup tie and it summed up Freddie to a tee.

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