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Mikel Arteta explains Freddie Ljungberg’s new role in the stands for Arsenal

first_imgArteta 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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTUnusually, 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.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked 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.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 5:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Mikel Arteta explains why Freddie Ljungberg was sat in the stands for Chelsea clash Advertisementcenter_img 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. Advertisement 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.’MORE: Arsenal undone by same old mistakes as Chelsea inflict first defeat on Mikel ArtetaMORE: Antonio Rudiger fumes at Kepa Arrizabalaga in argument during Chelsea’s win over ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img

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