Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Arsenal Joga Bonito Wednesday:
We Love{d} You Freddie Edition

Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal 1998-2007.

A true Arsenal legend. Scored on his debut against biggest rivals Manchester United, a team he would have a habit of scoring against down through the years. Ran his socks off in every match. Scored huge goals in huge games. Fast as shit on the wing, ran right around people, made perfectly timed runs and was a great finisher. To say that he played with passion, was a fan favorite, and loved the club and fans is a bit of an understatement: dude dyed his hair red {back when he had it} to show he was Arsenal through and through. This begat his epic and famous song, to the tune "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons:

"We love you, Freddie
Because you've got red hair
We love you, Freddie
Because you're everywhere
We love you Freddie,
Cause you're Arsenal through and through."

Went on an unreal tear at the end of the 2002 season leading Arsenal to the double {Premiership & FA Cup titles}. Scored in consecutive FA Cup finals in 2001 & 2002, and his amazing 2002 late goal against Chelsea but the 1-0 match to bed as a 2-0 win, bringing the FA Cup to Highbury.

That FA Cup clinching goal.

Afterwards he was interviewed on live TV and asked one of those inane questions by the TV inverviewer like "Freddy, how does it feel?", to which he replied "It's fucking excellent!" which further cemented his legend status and provided the byline for soon to be created Arseblog.

The last two years he has lost his speed and can no longer run around people, and has only scored 1 league goal in the last 2 seasons and perhaps 4 total. Additionally his 70,000 pound a week salary was a bit of a burden as well considering his contribution, so he was sold to Pressed Ham United.

Thanks for everything Freddie, you will always be an Arsenal legend, loved by the fans, and lusted after by the ladies, who loved him as much if not more for his moonlighting gig as a CK underwear model. Best of luck Freddie.

How I'll remember FL8

How my sister will remember FL8

No thanks to some wankers named "NetResult", who just in the past week have made YouTube remove every single compilation video of Ljungberg that existed. Fuckers. {*Update: screw you, NetResult, I found one}.


DC Trojan said...

Well, I for one am sorry to see him go, mostly because it's because he's lost that step or two.

However, early returns from the pre-season friendlies and such make it sound like - while they may not be defensive geniuses - Arsenal won't be dull to watch this season. If they can keep the swashbuckling play with new faces, life will be good.

Kanu said...

Yes, yes. I'm very excited about this post TH14 team. Hoping to post some preseason thoughts before Saturday.

They'll play the Joga Bontio as long as AW is running the show, no matter which players are out there...

OMAA said...

Bummer....No more Swede on the team.

Kanu said...

Yes, but Freddie is still doing his thing for Sweden's national team. I think he is even captain these days, so you've got that.

Given Arsene Wenger's penchant for signing players from all over the globe, it won't be long before another Swede represents for The Arse.