Arsenal and Sweden midfield player Freddie Ljungberg was last named awarded the Golden Ball as the Swedish Player of the Year at the Cirkus Hall in Stockholm.

“It’s a great honour to win the biggest prize in Swedish football, a line of fantastic players have won this award before me,” Ljungberg said in a speech on Swedish television channel TV4.

The 25-year-old was a key figure in Arsenal’s Premiership and FA Cup double-winning team, scoring a total of 17 goals, despite missing a significant part of the season through injury.

Ljungberg also played in Sweden’s opening two games in the World Cup finals but missed the next two when he agggravated a hip injury.