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Chelsea favourite Arjen Robben was spotted in the Manchester City dressing room after their emphatic 5-1 victory over Wolves at the Etihad. The Dutchman, who played under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, was invited by his former boss to meet the squad following the final whistle.

This came after Arsenal had earlier defeated Bournemouth, prompting City to respond with a resounding win that saw Erling Haaland net four times. The victory moved the champions within a point of the Gunners, with a game still in hand.

Robben, who has previously praised Guardiola's relentless pursuit of perfection, reportedly congratulated the players and encouraged them to maintain the pressure on the league leaders.

The Etihad Stadium wasn't the only footballing venue that Robben graced on his visit to the UK though. On Sunday, pictures on social media emerged of him in the players' area at Anfield, alongside former Bayern team-mate Thiago Alcantara.

Again, the 2013 Champions League winner was able to watch a six-goal encounter, with Liverpool beating Tottenham 4-2. Both matches would have been appreciated by Robben, who as a player was renowned for captivating fans with his attacking play, reports the Express.

Robben was signed for Chelsea by Jose Mourinho after he arrived at the club in 2004. After a scintillating star at Stanford Bridge, his three-season stay was tainted by injury problems, although he did play a prominent role in the club winning back-to-back league titles.

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A £24 million move to Real Madrid and a La Liga crown followed, before joining Bayern in 2009. In the 10 years that followed, he cemented his status as one of the greatest to ever play for the German giants, scoring 144 times in 309 appearances, including the winner at Wembley to seal European glory against Borussia Dortmund.

Having retired in 2019, he made a brief comeback to help Dutch team FC Groningen, after the club lost players due to financial difficulties following the Covid-19 pandemic. But he managed just six appearances before hanging up his boots for good.

Robben managed several standout moments against in his time as a player. He scored three times in a row against them across the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Champions League Last-16 ties that all ended 5-1. He also got one in a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Highbury in 2005.

The Dutchman won nine of his 14 matches against the Gunners in total, losing just once. Mikel Arteta's side will now be looking to react again to the pressure Robben is said to have urged City to put back on their title rivals.