Revealed: The Mikel Arteta plan that failed against Chelsea

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Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Blues bounced back with two late goals to secure a massive win away from home.

New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had a strange plan during the game as former interim boss Freddie Ljungberg was spotted in the stands during the game.

Ljungberg was retained as part of Arteta’s backroom staff after his spell as interim boss. Surprisingly, he was not in the dugout for the match and was instead sat in the directors’ box, and the Swede had an earpiece attached and was in constant communication with the Arsenal coaching staff down by the pitch.

Arteta has revealed that Ljungberg’s role was to see the other side of the game and send his report to the coaching crew accordingly.

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.”

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