Freddie Ljungberg: Arsenal wrong to celebrate after failure of a season
St James’ lark: Arsenal players celebrate their Champions League qualification at Newcastle
Former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg has labelled the Gunners’ season a failure and ridiculed their jubilant on-pitch celebrations for securing fourth spot in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger’s men celebrated wildly after a 1-0 win at Newcastle earned them Champions League football next term.
But Ljungberg, who won two league titles and three FA Cups in nine years in north London, believes another trophyless season warranted more sober scenes at St James’ Park.
The now-retired Swede said: ‘I’m not too happy that they celebrated. How I see the club is different, I’m from the old school and [former coach] Pat Rice said to me if you don’t win a trophy every year it is a big failure.
‘It’s a bit different now and they have all the debt from the new stadium and we will have to see what happens this summer.’
But Ljungberg believes, with investment, Arsenal can end a nine-year trophy drought next term.
The 35-year-old added: ‘I think they have the foundations, but maybe they need to get some very good players to spice it up a little bit.
‘It’s hard for any team if you let your best players go every year. It’s not even possible to compete to win then and Arsene Wenger has done really well with the squad he has.’