By Richard Clarke in Austria
Arsène Wenger believes the experience of Freddie Ljungberg
will be important for Arsenal next season.
At 30, the Swedish midfielder is the longest-serving player in the first-team squad and the oldest outfielder bar Gilberto. During the summer he was linked with a move away from the Club he joined in September 1998. However, speaking after the weekend game with Barnet, Arsène Wenger said that Ljungberg was "90 per cent" certain to stay and he would be happy to keep him at Emirates Stadium.
After the 3-0 win over Genclerbirligi last night, the manager outlined why.
"Freddie is a winner," said Wenger. "We have a very big squad, maybe not in numbers but in quality. We have many young players so the experienced ones have to show the way - not only footballistically but mentally - for a successful season.
"Last season Freddie had tremendous problems with his hamstrings so we will see how it goes this season. He will be part of the squad."
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