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Freddie Ljungberg wants former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva on coaching staff


Ljungberg is assembling his coaching staff (Picture: Getty)

Freddie Ljungberg is considering bringing on former Gunner Gilberto Silva to his Arsenal coaching staff, reports say.

Arsenal’s decision to sack Unai Emery and his backroom staff on Friday mean Ljungberg can name his own team.

Ljungberg is expected to finalise his coaching staff this weekend and the Guardian claim Silva has emerged as a shock contender.

Silva lives in London and he and Ljungberg played together in Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side.

Silva played alongside Ljungberg in Arsenal’s Invincibles team (Picture: Getty)

The Brazilian has limited coaching experience, but did serve as technical director at Greek side Panathanaikos in 2016.

Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday for Ljungberg’s first Premier League game in charge.

Although Ljungberg is not presently being considered for the permanent position at Arsenal, the Swede could be given the rest of the season to stake his claim.

Ljungberg coached Arsenal’s Under-23s before linking up with 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 Emery was axed in the wake of another humiliating defeat, this time at the hands of German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arsenal play Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game in charge (Picture: Getty)

Ljungberg sent a message to Arsenal fans 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.’

Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta are all reportedly under consideration by Arsenal, with the Gunners expected to take their time to name a new head coach.

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