Arsenal can make title challenge, says Ljungberg

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Ex-Arsenal star and now club ambassador Freddie Ljungberg believes the current crop of players at the club are good enough to challenge for the title come next season.

The Gunners finished this year's campaign in fourth spot behind the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, but they managed to finish above local-rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the final day.

Arsenal knew a victory over Newcastle at St James Park would be enough to see them finish in the final Champions League spot and thanks to a Laurent Koscielny second-half strike, they came out victorious and sealed Champions League football for a 16th consecutive season.

Despite ending the season on a high and in impressive form, Arsenal and the manager Arsene Wenger came under a lot of scrutiny this season and some fans were even calling for the Frenchman to be sacked from his position, but he proved them all wrong by guiding Arsenal to 26 points from a possible 30 in the final 10 games.

Ex-player Freddie Ljungberg, who is now an ambassador at the club, has been on tour with the club as they travel to the far east and he has praised Wenger and his impressive consistency to be able to keep the side in the top-four without spending a lot of money.

The Swedish ex-international has also stated that he believes the current crop of players could challenge for the title next season after proving what they can do in the final stages of last season.

“I think [Wenger] and Sir Alex Ferguson are the best managers in the world,” Ljungberg told Arsenal Player.

“He's done remarkably well for a very long period of time and I think with some certain economical restraints at times when they were building the stadium. To still achieve what he's done is actually quite remarkable.

“The Club went out after the game against Newcastle and said they weren't happy with being fourth. They want to win trophies as a Club and I think that was a very important message they sent to all the fans.

“I think they have the foundations. I think it's extremely important that they qualify for the Champions League, otherwise it could be difficult to attract certain players. I always say that they are going to win the league so I'll say that again.”


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