Looking at the League table today and seeing Arsenal clear at the top with a game in hand I wonder if Freddie Ljungberg looks back at his comments he made when leaving the club with a hint of embarrassment. Now I hope that no Gooners will get offended or think I'm having a major pop at a player who served Arsenal so well, but it's something I have chatted about with friends and they tend to agree.
Freddie was and still is an Arsenal hero. He signed in 1998 for the Gunners and was an instant hero with the fans after lobbing the third goal against ManUSA on his debut for the club. He endeared himself further to us Gooners with his red stripe dyed through his hair and the superb form he showed in the 2001/02 in which he almost single handedly guided us to the double. He was at the club for almost a decade but I can't help but feel he was a little bitter when leaving the club. I think it was obvious that his time at the club had ran it's course, he was constantly injured and not producing good football and it was best in the interests of both parties that he left. However he delivered a parting shot that was totally unexpected and unneeded if you ask me.
The Swede said: "Two years ago, when I signed my last contract, we talked a lot about the future and whether we were going to be bringing in a lot of big players.
"There were always clubs wanting to buy me every summer and I always stayed loyal - I wanted to do it with Arsenal.
"But this summer if felt like the end, unfortunately."
Arsenal claimed that despite building a new stadium we were going to stay top in England and top in Europe. For me, that really hasn't happened.
You definitely need experience.
"The Premiership is the most difficult league in Europe to win. Of course you need youth as well to have the willingness and the hunger. But you need experience to lead the young people."
"It was a difficult decision but when Thierry Henry left, it felt like the end,"
For these comments I pose the question. I wonder if Freddie feels the same now? He even spoke of West Ham posing a serious threat to Arsenal. At the time he was rapped by several people including ex-Arsenal team mates and ex-Arsenal players, who said that he was the one missing out. Even Thierry Henry said it was strange for Freddie to say these things. But six months on he has to eat his words. To say the club lacked ambition was out of order and Arsenal are proving him wrong.
After the weekend's football we are in a fantastic place right now. To be have the chance to go 5 points clear is something we cannot afford to slip up on. If we don't win tonight then the results of ManUSA and Chelski will mean nothing. All season we have had the doubters on our backs and we have the chance to shut them up, yes even you Freddie. We're the title favourites now. It's in our hands to take this opportunity and prove everyone wrong. And I think we will as do all the Gooners out there.
Keep it Goonerish...................