Freddie Ljungberg will be alongside Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal dugout this weekend, but Gilberto Silva says he’s had no contact over joining the team yet.
Since Freddie Ljungberg has taken over as Arsenal’s interim head coach from his former position as an assistant coach, he doesn’t have a ready-made team to join him in the role.
The club have had to put something together at the last minute for the Norwich game, confirming that Per Mertesacker will be joining Ljungberg in the dugout at Carrow Road. They write that Per will be “supporting” the head coach “in the short-term”.
Presumably, that means Mertesacker is working as Ljungberg’s assistant. Though perhaps the specific reference to the short-term nature of the appointment means he’ll return to his academy duties once Ljungberg has had a chance to pick out a longer-term option.
Gilberto Silva had also been linked with a move to join Ljungberg in his coaching team, but he told Soccer AM that he hasn’t received an offer just yet.
“Let’s see,” Gilberto said (via Mirror). “This was a surprise for me despite the fact I am back in England and follow the club closely. 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.”
Ljungberg himself admitted he hasn’t had much time to sort things out, but told Sky Sports that they’ll have the situation resolved for the Norwich game at least.
“I’ve been asked to try to organise what I can, it’s been a quick turnaround since yesterday,” Ljungberg said. “I’m trying to look at Norwich and trying to sort everything out but of course, we’ll have things in place, hopefully, for the game tomorrow.”