Arsene Wenger revealed he scouted Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg on television and decided to sign him after one devastating performance against England.
The winger, who became an integral part of Wenger’s Invincible side of 2003/04, was playing for his motherland of Sweden at the time in the Euro 2000 qualifier against Arsenal’s centre back Martin Keown.
It was that performance that saw the Swedes run out 2-1 victors and a young Freddie tearing Keown to shreds which was enough to convince Wenger to sign the attacker without seeing him live.
“I saw Freddie Ljungberg giving a hell of a lot of problems to Martin Keown while watching him on television as he played for Sweden against England,” the Gunners boss revealed in book ‘The Wenger Revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal’ (according to Express).
“I decided to buy him then. He became a huge Arsenal player.”
Ljungberg was signed in 1998 for £3million from Swedish side Halmstads BK and went on to win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups in north London during almost ten years with the club.
The fan favourite recently left Arsenal again to take up the assistant manager post at Wolfsburg but it is hoped he will return to the club in the future.
Let’s hope Wenger has been watching Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala this week and sanctions a move for either of the stars this summer!