I love Fredrik Ljungberg. Always have, always will. Maybe not as much as this guy (get ready to laugh) – but I still love him and nothing that he says or does in the future will change that. While Dennis Bergkamp was the player who got me to start watchin Arsenal, Ljungberg was the man who really made me fall in love with them.
Even so, I have to admit that I was very disappointed to hear the negative comments aimed at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger made by the Swede earlier this week. However, since then, Ljungberg has come out and made a statement completing denying his earlier comments.
“I haven’t done an interview with this Russian newspaper and none of the quotes have any substance, I certainly didn’t make those comments. I get on very well with everyone from Arsenal and enjoyed my visit to the Emirates Stadium recently when Sweden played Brazil and I saw a lot of old friends.”
So, I can rest easy again and Ljungberg can go back to being an angel in my eyes. Hurrah!
The statement from Ljungberg is just another reminder that in the world of football media very little can be taken for granted. I’d encourage you to remind yourself that when you read comments about players apparently wanting away from the club or demanding more money to stay. Most of the time these articles are just falsified rumours from newspapers trying to shock and amaze in order to attract readers.
While these sorts of stories do make up quite a lot of the material that we all comment on in this blog and others it’s important to remember to check the facts before making statements about the attitudes of the players or indeed the manager. There is no reason why one of your favourite players should turn into an absolute twat overnight because of a quote in a dodgy newspaper and I hope you can all remember that.
Just before I go it’s worth mentioning a few transfer rumours that are floating around. Alex Hleb looks like he will be joining Barcelona and not Inter Milan after the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager of the Italian club. According to Hleb’s agent Vincenzo Morabito the Belarussian is close to signing a deal with Barcelona.
“[A deal] is close. He has been a Barcelona target for some months. I’m sorry that we won’t be able to take him to Italy, he liked Inter a lot but obviously Mourinho has made some different choices and has gone for some other names.”
Seeing as though this is the third different agent that has been involved with Hleb I just can’t be sure of whether or not this can be believed. It does make sense that Inter’s interest might have waned with the appointment of Mourinho but it’s pretty much impossible to know whether Barcelona are close to signing him.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have had a £9.5 million bid for Udinese defender Cristian Zapata turned down by the Italian club. Apparently Udinese value to the 21-year-old Colombian at around £15 million so if Arsenal really wants him then they will have to up their bid. Watch this space.
Another player that Arsenal have apparently been tracking is 17-year-old Cardiff City winger Aaron Ramsey. However, any interest that the club may have had in the Welsh winger looks set to be over after Cardiff confirmed that they have accepted a £5 million bid from Everton. To be quite frank I couldn’t really care less whether Ramsey signs for Arsenal or not, he’s not going to help them win the league next season and there are bucketloads of excellent young players coming through the ranks who could become better players than Ramsey. No disrespect to him, though.
Well, that’s it. Just over a day until Euro 2008 starts so if you want to get involved in any of my tournament Pikums you’ll need to join up ASAP. You’ll need a special invite code to join so if you’re interested make sure you email me at spanishfry(at)arsenalfcblog(dot)com.
Additionally, if you’re someone like me who absolutely loves retro football kits then make sure you check back here tomorrow because I might just have a surprise for you.
Have your say on Ljungberg, Zapata, Hleb or Ramsey by leaving a comment.