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By ESPN Staff

Ljungberg committed to Arsenal's cause

Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg insists he has no intentions of quitting the Premiership club.

The Swede has been linked with moves to AC Milan and Real Madrid but continues to pledge his support to boss Arsene Wenger and the club.

Ljungberg, still recovering from the hamstring problem he sustained in the draw with Portsmouth in December, 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.

'I live to win things and we are doing that at Arsenal so I see no point in me leaving.

'There is a special bond at Arsenal. I just love the way it is and that's why I have stayed so long.'

Ljungberg's affinity with boss Wenger is another reason for the Swede's desire to remain at the Emirates Stadium - and he hopes the Frenchman stays as boss for another decade.

Ljungberg added: '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.'

The Champions League gets under way again this month and Ljungberg admits he is desperate to reach another final after losing to Barcelona last season.

Arsenal face PSV Eindhoven in the last 16 and Ljungberg added: 'It was a major boost for the whole team to get to the Champions League Final last season.

'We did struggle in the Premiership, particularly during the winter months. It is a physical game and we dropped a lot of points.

'But we beat some big teams to get through to the final and then we were underdogs against Barcelona.

'I think we played really well and it still really hurts that they scored the winning goal with just ten minutes to go. It's hard to take and I can't stop thinking about it.

'Pain is never good but this pain is good for us because we are hurting and we want to go one better this year and win the final We didn't feel justice was done.

'I am desperate to get back to the final and win it. I haven't watched the whole game on video since then, just the important moments.

'It makes me angry when see that goal, I would like us to play Barcelona again this season.'