Freddie Ljungberg is considering bringing on ex-Gunner Gilberto Silva to his Arsenal coaching staff, reports say.
Arsenal’s choice to sack Unai Emery and his backroom staff on Friday mean Freddie Ljungberg can name his team.
Freddie Ljungberg is expected to finalise his coaching staff this weekend and the Guardian claim Gilberto Silva has emerged as a shock contender.
Gilberto Silva lives in London and he and Ljungberg played together in Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side.
The Brazilian has limited coaching experience but did serve as technical director at Greek side Panathinaikos in 2016.
Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday for Freddie Ljungberg’s first Premier League game in charge.
Although Freddie Ljungberg is not presently being considered for the permanent position at Arsenal, the Swede could be given the rest of the campaign to stake his claim.
Freddie Ljungberg coached Arsenal’s Under-23s before linking up with Unai Emery’s senior coaching set-up and is well-liked by the first-team players.
Arsenal are without a win in their seven games in all competitions, and Unai Emery was axed in the wake of another humiliating defeat, this time at the hands of German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Freddie Ljungberg sent a message to Arsenal supporters after his appointment, saying: ‘However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything, I have to put smiles on faces again.
‘We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work.’
Mikel Arteta, Massimiliano Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers are all reportedly under consideration by Arsenal, with the Gunners expected to take their time to name a new head coach.