Robert Pires Vs. Freddie Ljungberg: Who Is the Greater Gooner?

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2009

Hallo to all, I'm back with the new series of VS articles and for my first issue of the brand new series ill be looking at the two Arsenal legends, Robert Pires and Fredrik Ljungberg.

Both of these players are respected world wide by Gooners and are seen as two of the stars that were part of the Magic Unbeatable who went into the record books. The pair won many trophies as part of one of the best Arsenal sides.

To all those that haven't seen my VSarticles before, I will compare both players as fairly as possible and try to make it a good competition by giving as many facts about each player as I can.


Freddie Ljungberg

Freddie was signed by Arsenal in 1998 from Halmstads BK for the sum of £3 Million. At the time He was the biggest transfer ever for a Swedish International.

He proved to be one of the newest talents to the premier league when on his debut, he scored in a 3-0 win against bitter rivals Manchester united.

After Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit left Arsenal in the summer of 2000, Ljungberg became a first team regular that could play on both wings.

He was instrumental in the League and cup double winning season of 2001/'02 and scored a peech of a goal in the FA Cup Final Against Chelsea.

He played a big role in the 49 Unbeatable season but due to a running backup of injury's keeping him out of the team he was sold to West ham United in 2007 and in 2008 he Left England to join up with USA side Seattle Sounders FC and will make his debut in March 2009.

In all he won:

With Halmsteds BK: The 1997 Swedish league Championship and previously in '95 he won the Svenska Cupen.

With Arsenal FC: He won the Premier league two times in the '01/'02 and '03/'04 seasons and FA Cup three times in '02, '03, '04. He also held the Community Shield of '99.

In 2008 Freddie placed 11th in's Gunners Greatest 50 Players competition.


Robert Pires

Pires Joined Arsenal in 2000 for the £6 Million from French club Marseille. After a tough start to his Arsenal career he started to get the hang of things in '01 and in the seasons champions league fixture scored a blinder against Lazio and a winner against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

In '01/'02 he had one of his best seasons with Arsenal and was Voted Arsenal Player of the season. He suffered with injury at the end of the season but Arsenal still went on to lift the Premier league.

He returned the Following season to score 14 goals out of 20 starts for Arsenal in the Premier League.

In 2003 he scored the winning goal in the FA Cup Final against Southampton.

It got even better for Robert and in the '03/'04 season he played a vital role in Arsenal's 49 Unbeatable side who won the League and Cup Double.

In '04/'05 he Scored 14 goals and won the FA Cup against Manchester United.

His last Game for Arsenal was in the 06 champions league final defeat to Barcelona after which he decided to make a move to Spanish side Villarreal.


In all he won:

For Metz: '96/'97 French League Cup.

for Arsenal: The premier league twice in '01/'02 and '03/'04 and the FA Cup twice in '03 and in '05 and twice won the community Shield in '02 and '04.

For France: He won the world cup in '98 and European championship in 2000. H e also won the FIFA confederations Cup in '01 and '03.

On 11 July 2008, Arsenal fans voted Pirès as the club's sixth greatest player of all time.


Remember this is a vote article so it would be great if you could make a vote and if you want to express any views your more then Welcome to leave a comment.

I hope I was as correct as I could of been but if you have anything else then the vote to comment about then again feel free to leave a comment.

As always hope you enjoy the article,