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A birthday tribute to Freddie Ljungberg

Ljungberg celebrates his 37th birthday today (©GettyImages)
Ljungberg celebrates his 37th birthday today (©GettyImages).

Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Freddie Ljungberg enjoyed an illustrious career. On his 37th birthday, we look back at some of his finest moments in the famous red and white (and burgundy).

In 2002, Ljungberg stole Arsenal hearts as he grabbed a key goal as part of the side that beat Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

That campaign proved to profitable for Arsenal and particularly for the super Swede, as Ljungberg scored 17 times to help Arsene Wenger's men secure a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Ljungberg then the only goal in the semi-final FA Cup win against Sheffield United a year later, proving he had a knack of popping up at the right time for Arsenal in big matches when the pressure was truly on to perform.

Manchester United fans will also not forget Ljungberg in a hurry, with him proving to be a chief tormentor over a sustained period, which all began with a delicious lob over Peter Schmeichel at Highbury in 1999. He couldn't do any wrong after that endearing moment.

Plagued by injuries towards the end of his Arsenal career, another touching moment came in a West Ham shirt. He made his return to Arsenal this time at the Emirates on New Year's Day in 2008 playing for the Hammers, but again fell injured only to leave the pitch to a standing ovation.

Happy Birthday Freddie from everyone at GiveMeSport.

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