Mikel Arteta says Freddie Ljungberg watched Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea from the stands because he wants the Swede to communicate a different perspective to the team in the dugout.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the 42-year-old would be staying on as an assistant coach under the Spaniard but it looks as though his role on matchdays has been tweaked.
Ljungberg, who was the interim head coach for 23 days, was an ever-present on the bench when Unai Emery was in charge but appears to have ceded his seat to allow new assistants Steve Round and Albert Stuivenberg to be closer to the action.
Asked about Freddie watching from the Directors’ Box, Arteta said: “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.”
We’ll be curious to see if this is an ongoing thing or if Freddie will be back on the bench in the future.