Farewell Fred?

It looks as if Gooner legend Freddie Ljungberg's career could be over after he was released by West Ham on a free transfer this afternoon.

Although the Hammers stressed that the move "has no bearing on Ljungberg's fitness, which he proved during Euro2008", they clearly didn't think he was providing value for money.

The Hammers statement goes on to say that Freddie is in talks with other clubs but I suspect we may have seen the last of him in high quality football.

Freddie may have left the Gunners a year ago, but if he is to retire or move to the US or Asia, it's a premature end to a career whose best moments were certainly in Arsenal colours.

During his nine years at the club, he helped us win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

Moments that come to mind include that chip over Peter Schmiechel on his debut, the FA Cup final goal against Ch*vski and the shot which rebounded to Sylvain Wiltord which confirmed us as Champions at Old Trafford.

As usual, Arsene Wenger got it just right, letting Freddie go last summer and getting £3m for him just as his career was on the wane after a couple seasons where he seemed to be on and off the treatment table.

His pace had certainly gone by the end of his Arsenal days and according to today's Daily Mail, he cost the Hammers almost £500,000 a game before accepting a £6m pay-off. Nice work if you can get it.

But on behalf of Gooners everywhere: We Loved You Freddie - thanks for the memories.