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From mohican to main man: How Freddie Ljungberg became Arsenal’s interim manager

From mohican to main man: How Freddie Ljungberg became Arsenal’s interim manager… 21 years after starting his love affair with the club

  • Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed interim manager 
  • The Swede became a firm fan favourite after joining Arsenal in September 1998
  • In 326 appearances, he won five major trophies under ex-boss Arsene Wenger 
  • He was also part of the Gunners’ all-conquering Invincibles side of 2004 

Freddie Ljungberg’s winding route to the Arsenal dugout began more than two decades ago, when he swapped Sweden for north London.

In September 1998, the 21-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal, sparking a love affair that endures to this day. He famously sported a mohican among a number of extravagant hairstyles and became a firm fan favourite. In 326 appearances, he won five major trophies and was part of their all-conquering Invincibles side of 2004.

But injuries plagued his career and in the summer of 2007 Ljungberg moved across London to West Ham.

Freddie Ljungberg became a firm fan favourite at Arsenal, winning…