Arsenal’s Ljungberg: Wenger should be given new contract for life

Ljungberg said: “I have been at Arsenal for eight of Arsene’s 10 years and am now the longest-serving player.

“When I was young there were a lot of clubs who wanted to take me and everybody back home said I should go to Spain or Italy because the style of play was more technical.

“But I met with Arsene and we had the same philosophy of how the game should be played with the ball on the ground and a quick-passing game.

“I went against what people said and it has been a great journey. I enjoy playing football the way it should be played.

“There were rumours that I was going to leave for Real Madrid or AC Milan in the past but I always said that the most important thing was to win things and be successful.

“There are lot of things that make him (Wenger) special.

“He is very intelligent and he picks players, not just for what they do on the pitch, but also how they are mentally and how they can fit into the dressing room so he won’t have any big problems there.

“He knows how he wants to play and he sticks to that. He is up there among the best and has shown that for many years and will keep on showing it.

“David Dein (Arsenal vice-chairman) had talked of offering Arsene a job for life and it is something the players would support. I hope he stays for another 10 years.”