Mikel Arteta has a plan for Freddie Ljungberg once he is confirmed as Arsenal’s new manager

Freddie Ljungberg was installed as Arsenal's interim head coach following the sacking of Unai Emery
Freddie Ljungberg was installed as Arsenal’s interim head coach following the sacking of Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta intends to keep Freddie Ljungberg on as part of his backroom team once his is confirmed as Arsenal’s new permanent head coach.

Ljungberg was installed as Unai Emery’s interim replacement after the Spaniard was sacked last month following a run of just one win from nine matches.

A win over West Ham and a draw against Standard Liege which secured the point that ensured Arsenal finished top of their Europa League group aside, Ljungberg has failed to steady the ship.

Sunday’s 3-0 drubbing against Manchester City at the Emirates is likely to represent Ljungberg’s last match in charge with Arteta, who took his place alongside Pep Guardiola in the Manchester City dugout for last night’s Carabao Cup win over Oxford, expected to unveiled within the next 36 hours.

Arteta is hopeful of bringing City coach Rodolfo Borrell with him to north London, according to ESPN, while he is keen to keep Ljungberg on in some capacity.

Mikel Arteta was with the Manchester City team for last night's Carabao Cup win over Oxford
Mikel Arteta was with the Manchester City team for last night’s Carabao Cup win over Oxford (Picture: Getty)

The former Sweden international was promoted to Emery’s first team coaching set-up in the summer, having been credited with playing a prominent role in the development of the club’s emerging young players during his season in charge of the Under-23s.

Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have all made significant impacts at first team level this season, while the likes of Tyreece John-Jules are also expected to make an imminent breakthrough.

Whether Ljungberg accepts a less senior role remains to be seen. The 42-year-old harbours ambitions to be a No.1 and after Sunday’s defeat voiced his dissatisfaction at having been left in limbo with a skeleton coaching staff.

He said: ‘I’ve said to them [the board] they need to make a decision.

‘We are here to help and the staff are trying to chip in but a decision has to be made so we can have the same resources as other clubs.

“When I say that they say I “have to wait and see”.

Arteta is also keen to find a position for City talent spotter Sam Fagbemi who was responsible for heading up the Premier League champions’ scouting strategy in the south and helped secure deals for the likes of Sam Edozie, Darko Gyabi, Josh Wilson-Eshbrand and Ben Knight from under Arsenal’s nose during the summer.

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