Opinion – Could Freddie himself solve Arsenal’s winger problem?

Our football playing coach to the rescue by Lagos Gooner

Good morning gooners; how do you do? It is just a few days to our next game against Brighton and I can’t just help but wonder if our coach Ljungberg should be allowed to solve Arsenal’s winger problem and play himself on Thursday. Wouldn’t it be nice to see him dazzle our opponents with his dashing runs and skills, once again?

While our game against Norwich was going on, one of the cameras covering the game showed us a brief video of our coach controlling the ball and helping himself to some nice ball raising skills. Guys, our coach still has it in him. Please, can we have a player-coach for Arsenal?

Freddie Ljungberg was a phenomenon during his playing days at Arsenal. His best performance in an Arsenal shirt was in the 2001/2002 season, when Arsenal won their second Premier league and FA cup double. That season, he scored 17 in all competitions. He was good at either wings of the midfield and also centrally. He spent nine good and productive years at Arsenal, although he struggled a lot with injury problems. Whenever Ljungberg was on form, the team was on fire. Such was his impact that Wenger tried to force him to stay at Arsenal, until the end of his contract, when the Arsenal board wanted to force him out of the club, due to his persistent injuries. He left Arsenal in 2007 to West Ham.

Who remembers that Ljungberg was the first player to score a goal in an FA CUP final outside England, when our dear Arsenal lost to Liverpoo at Cardiff? Well, Ljungberg has paid his dues at Arsenal and can be classified as an Arsenal legend; yes or no?

At Arsenal presently, we are having issues with our wing play and what better way to fix it, than to have the master of the wings during his playing days play? He can be allowed to play, while the likes of Saka, Pepe and even Auba watch and learn, can’t he? Asking the FA to allow us use a player-coach won’t be a bad idea, will it? Freddie still has it him and he should be allowed to freely express himself on the football pitch.

So next summer, while thinking of players to buy, can we please re-sign Freddie as a player-coach to solve Arsenal’s winger problem, please?

Sylvester (Lagos Gooner)


  1. GB says:

    He’s 42 years old and you are suggesting he plays for us! Yes he’s a total legend, but this is the funniest answer to our problems I’ve heard so far.

  2. Hardave Singh says:

    Admin stop suggesting things that won’t happen. On the flip side he will definitely make our wingers play with more freedom. Was watching all of Ljungbergs goals yesterday. What a player he was for us.

    1. GB says:

      Admin didn’t write this article. Try and read it all before criticising the wrong person.🤭

      1. Hardave Singh says:

        Sylvester stop suggesting nonsense.

  3. McLovin says:

    Imagine being the manager and you would have to pick not one, but TWO out of these players:


    You think your job is tough? Try picking out 2 and pray for a clean sheet!!

  4. Billy Mills says:

    In fairness I’d prefer him at CB over Sokratis and Luiz

  5. Abbas says:

    Ridiculous article, sorry for the negativity, it would make more sense on 1st April.

    Freddie was a good winger, and loves Arsenal and is taking on a huge challenge and I’m sure we all wish him the best.
    I hope we get to see Tierney and Martinelli on the left and Bellerin and Pepe on the right dominating both flanks working together offensively and defensively for a run of games with a solid CM of maybe Guendouzi, Torreira and Cebellos/Xhaka/AMN/Nelson with Aubameyang and Laca alternating up front every match.

    Sokratis, Luiz, Holding, Chambers and Mustafi are all capable CB’s. They need support all around them. If the rest of the team fight for every ball, keep the opposition under pressure & follow runners etcetera I’m sure we can realise our potential. Freddie needs to understand no width = no good.

  6. jon fox says:

    Oh dear Sylvester! Having problems with the old(or rather VERY young) brain are we? Why not Tony Adams too , he is only mid fifties! Try something called “thinking”! You might even get to like it one day! And Ted Drake has only been dead for a few decades, so why not play him too! Doubt you have ever heard of him though!

    1. Admin says:

      I think it may have been a bit tongue in cheek old chap!

      1. ozziegunner says:

        I’d go further and bring back Bergkamp, Viera, Adams and Keown; even at their age with their apparent level of fitness, they couldn’t do much worse 😢😂.

      2. jon fox says:

        Then why would he write it in a public article Martin? I doubt this fan understands what tongue in cheek means and am bound to say I am convinced he actually meant what he said, as ridiculous as it is! It needs scorn from us on here to make this silly writer understand that writing is for those who have something SENSIBLE to say. No sober analysis could possibly call that “player- coach at 42” comment as anything other than unintelligent in the extreme. Others have rightly said much the same about Sylvester,though more mildly than me.

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