Freddie Ljungberg confirms retirement

Fredrik Ljungberg
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Freddie Ljungberg's press officer confirms that the former Arsenal midfielder will retire from football with immediate effect.

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has decided to call time on his football career at the age of 35.

The Swede left Japanese outfit Shimizu S-Pulse by mutual consent in February and a period of inactivity has persuaded him to hang up his boots.

"It's correct that Fredrik has taken the decision to quit," his press officer Lili Assefa told Swedish TV channel SVT. "I got the decision on Wednesday."

Ljungberg was an integral part of the Gunners' legendary Invincibles team of 2003-2004 and spent a season with West Ham United following his release from the club.

He then spent the next two years in America with MLS sides Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire, before joining Celtic in 2011.

After only seven appearances for the Hoops, Ljungberg then made the move to Japan, where he featured eight times.

Ljungberg, who won 75 caps for his country, is now on Arsenal's coaching staff.

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