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Mikel Arteta explains why Freddie Ljungberg was sat in the stands for Chelsea clash

The former interim boss was in the directors’ box for Sunday’s game (Picture: Sky Sports)
Mikel Arteta tasked Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg with watching Sunday’s game against Chelsea from the stands so he could digest the performance from a better vantage point.

The Spaniard suffered his first defeat in charge of the Gunners despite an encouraging performance, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having given the side a first-half lead as Frank Lampard was forced to tinker with his struggling line-up.

Arsenal had chances to double their lead but conceded in controversial fashion late on when Jorginho – who should have been shown a second yellow card moments earlier – tapped in from close range.

Arteta looked devastated as Arsenal conceded two late goals against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
As the Gunners pushed for a winner they left themselves exposed at the back and Chelsea capitalised again, this time with Tammy Abraham netting to secure all three points.

Unusually, Ljungberg – who..

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Freddie Ljungberg sits in the stands for Arsenal v Chelsea
The former interim boss was in the directors’ box for Sunday’s game (Picture: Sky Sports)

Mikel Arteta tasked Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg with watching Sunday’s game against Chelsea from the stands so he could digest the performance from a better vantage point.

The Spaniard suffered his first defeat in charge of the Gunners despite an encouraging performance, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having given the side a first-half lead as Frank Lampard was forced to tinker with his struggling line-up.

Arsenal had chances to double their lead but conceded in controversial fashion late on when Jorginho – who should have been shown a second yellow card moments earlier – tapped in from close range.


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta
Arteta looked devastated as Arsenal conceded two late goals against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

As the Gunners pushed for a winner they left themselves exposed at the back and Chelsea capitalised again, this time with Tammy Abraham netting to secure all three points.

Unusually, Ljungberg – who was retained as part of Arteta’s backroom team after his spell as interim boss – was not in the dugout for the match and was instead sat in the directors’ box.

The Swede had an earpiece attached and was in constant communication with the Arsenal coaching staff down by the pitch and Arteta says he likes having a different perspective of what is happening in the game.

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Asked if Ljungberg’s place in the stands will be permanent, Arteta said: ‘Yeah, I want him to have a different view from us and be communicating with the bench all the time.

‘It’s important that he sees things from a different angle at the moment.’

Freddie Ljungberg sits in the stands for Arsenal v Chelsea
Ljungberg was reporting his observations back to the dugout (Picture: Reuters)

On his side’s performance, he continued: ‘I’m really disappointed with the result and the way we conceded the goals – and the timing of it as well.

‘I’m pleased with a lot of things that I’ve seen, I’m pleased with a lot of things that we trained and actually happened in the game and how they bought into it.

‘But I’m disappointed to lose the game obviously. We had to sustain that level for longer periods against a very physical team like Chelsea. And yes we have to move on.’

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