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Ljungberg has high hopes for Arsenal this season.

Freddie Ljungberg predicts Arsenal can win the Premier League

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Freddie Ljungberg knows what it takes to win the Premier League.

The former Arsenal star lifted the trophy twice during his time in north London, including in the 2003-2004 season - the last time the Gunners were crowned champions of England.

It's been a long wait since then, but the ex-Sweden international believes the club's agony could finally be coming to an end.

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Despite this season already being rated as one of the most competitive in Premier League history, Ljungberg has predicted that this could be Arsenal's year.

"They were second last year and this year hopefully we can win it," he said.

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Of course, any prediction of anything going well for Arsene Wenger these days usually raises a few eyebrows, but Ljungberg insists that Arsenal haven't been challenging only because they haven't had the money to spend.

"He's shown he's a great manager and I think he's been restricted a bit on the financial side in the past," he adds.

"I think some people wanted some signings in the summer but everyone knows English clubs have a lot of money at the moment and if you ask for a player they raise the prices.

"He managed to get the players in the end."

The players in question are Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez, and Shkodran Mustafi, all of whom were brought in to improve upon last season's second-placed finish.

Gunning for the title 

While Arsenal celebrated finishing as runners-up a little too raucously at the time - not least because they had finished above Tottenham - this season, the title has got to be the aim.

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For a decade, moving to the Emirates left them unable to really compete in the market, but the situation has now changed - so no wonder Ljungberg believes they are now in a far better position to challenge.

It's maybe a little surprising that he seems so keen for the club to spend big, given that he's involved in the development of their young players, coaching the under-16 side.

However, it was always obvious that Arsenal couldn't have a quiet transfer window if they were going to compete. It could well be Wenger's last season at the helm, but while he doesn't always get the credit he deserves from the fans, at least he's got his former winger behind him.


Freddie Ljungberg was speaking at the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. TAG Heuer is the first ever Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Premier League. 

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