Arsenal have established Per Mertesacker will join Freddie Ljungberg’s coaching staff after the Swede was appointed interim boss following the sacking of Unai Emery.
The 35-year-old tactician, who won three FA Cups with the north London club as a player, retired at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and has been working as the club’s academy director.
Per Mertesacker will now take his place in the dugout on Sunday when Arsenal travel to Norwich in what will represent the first match of Freddie Ljungberg’s tenure.
Another former Arsenal defender, Ryan Garry, who worked with Freddie Ljungberg during the Swede’s time in charge of the Under-23s is also required to form part of a new-look backroom team.
The Guardian, meanwhile, claim Freddie Ljungberg will ask former teammate Gilberto Silva to join his staff, but the Brazilian World Cup winner insisted nobody from Arsenal has made communication with him as of yet.
‘For me, as an ex-player, it is amazing when there is some link to the club,’ Gilberto said Soccer AM. ‘Let’s see. This was a surprise for me notwithstanding the fact I am back in England and follow the club carefully.
‘There hasn’t been any contact. I don’t know if it will happen now but maybe in the future. At the moment, I can tell you there is nothing in place.’
On Ljungberg’s chances of getting the job on a full-time basis, he added: ‘Of course they will respect him and allow him to do well.
‘There have been a lot of names over the last few days. I read about Pochettino, Allegri, Ancelotti.
‘Maybe they go with somebody who will bring confidence back.’