Arsenal confirm former club captain as Freddie Ljungberg’s assistant

Per Mertesacker will be Freddie Ljungberg’s assistant Arsenal have confirmed.

Arsenal fans have been wondering who would be assisting Freddie Ljungberg as he takes over the club’s managerial position temporarily this week.

The Swede has been the club’s assistant manager under Unai Emery before the former PSG boss was fired on Friday.

Arsenal has now confirmed that they will have two of the club’s former stars in the dugout for their game against Norwich as Per Mertesacker will be assisting Ljungberg.

Mertesacker has been managing the club’s under18 since he retired as a player.

The German won three FA Cups with Arsenal over seven years and also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014.

“Per Mertesacker will be supporting interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg in the short-term,” the club revealed via their official Twitter account.

“Per will be in the dugout at Carrow Road tomorrow.”

Mertesacker has been touted to become Arsenal’s manager in a few years and he may even become the club’s permanent assistant manager should Ljugberg retain the position or Mikel Arteta gets the permanent job.

Arsenal fans are keen to see their team play at Carrow Road as they all have hopes that Emery was the problem and things will get better now that he has been fired.

15 Comments

  1. Innit says:

    Good. He and Koscielny were a good CB pairing for a few years. He was just very slow, but defending was sound. He will be useful mind to pick

  2. Vzay says:

    Now no more experiment.
    Leno
    Bellerin chamber holding Tierney
    Torreri Guenduzi/Xhaka
    Pepe Ozil Auba
    Laca
    Defense still seems weak. Play Torreria as typical DM, and Guenduziv as box to box. Replace weakest spot with the competition in place, n assess who fits better. Sometime keeping things simple is all we need.

    1. Sim says:

      12 players?

      1. Khadii says:

        Guendouzi/Xhaka..
        Meaning One of Both

  3. gotanidea says:

    Great. Mertesacker was a clever tactical CB and he was very good at offside trap

    Ljungberg will bring his experience as the Invincibles’ winger and from his Wolfsburg job

    Perfect combo, but I think we would only see the effect after three games

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @gotanidea
      Per was very good at reading the game. Only his lack of pace let him down. Nonetheless, he should be able to whip our defence into shape, hopefully…Also has a sound head on his shoulders. This has a good feel about it, and in my opinion.

      1. Siamois says:

        True but I want him to bring his authority/ruthless streak ,as a captain his teammates respected/feared him, remember per giving out to ozil after a loss for not clapping back at the supporters!!

  4. James Muthiani says:

    True,Arsenal were lacking coach

  5. Break-on-through says:

    If our wide-forwards decide to look more like wide-midfielders on occasion, it could make a decent bit of difference. And when fullbacks are pushing up, then the midfielders can join in like a wide forward and fullbacks will look like the outside midfielders. When we lose the ball our wide players need to drop back quickly to give protection to our fullbacks. Also one of the central players needs to keep an eye out for it, to cover a fullback if necessary. Our midfield has looked much too bare under Emery, I’ve rarely seen a less congested/contested midfield.

    It’ll be interesting to see if we play a pressing game, I’d play Martinelli central if we were to play one, because he can pull the strings with his deft touch ability. Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Guendouzi, maybe Pepe eventually, Rowe, these players look like they could play a decent pressing game.

  6. Sue says:

    OT.. I’m astonished that Liverpool saw red, and at Anfield!!! Gutted they hung on though… Even more gutted at City, they’re over and out now. Will have to root for Leicester!
    But… so happy for West Ham!! COYI!!!
    Looks like Pellegrini is hanging on…

    1. Am thankful Arsenal acted quickly before we were relegation contenders no more mistakes Fred & Per

  7. Austin Osemwegie says:

    These two guys are good combination. We expect better results from now on. The only thing new you have to bring in is to make sure Arsenal defends high on the pitch. Besides, make it difficult to play Arsenal in the mid-field. When the mid-field is weak, it becomes a problem for the defense. And finally, make good use of the wings when attacking. I see you both of you doing a great job.

  8. Segun Eris says:

    Article states: Mertesacker has been managing the club’s under18 since he retired as a player.

    Not so. Ken Gillard is the U-18s coach. Mertesacker is the Arsenal Academy Manager which, pretty much, puts him above a mere coaching role, being responsible for all the academy sides, from U-18s, U-20s to U-23s. He does enjoy sitting in the dug-out for the U-23s games, managed by Steve Bould.

    1. Admin Martin says:

      Indeed, my mistake, thanks for pointing it out. Appreciated.

  9. Ade says:

    Let the new manager work on our passes, one two passes should be brought back, not holding unto ball too much, I witness this in our last game from Lacasete and Guadonzi. Meanwhile, Per u are welcome .

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