ARSENAL have confirmed that Per Mertesacker will assist interim coach Freddie Ljungberg from the dugout at Norwich on Sunday.
The German, who like Ljungberg enjoyed a number of years playing for the Gunners, is currently the club academy manager.
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But he will be switching over to first-team duties for tomorrow’s trip to Carrow Road.
In seven years as a central defender at Emirates Stadium, Mertesacker played over 200 games and won a pair of FA Cups.
Upon retiring in 2018, he immediately stepped into the role overseeing the Arsenal academy.
And players such as Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock have all stepped up into the first-team since.
Youth prospects can expect to play a big part in Ljungberg’s stay, however long it is, with Tyreece John-Jules brought into first-team training on the Swede’s first day.
Another ex-player, Gilberto Silva, had been touted for the role but the Brazilian appears to have missed out for the time being.
Speaking on Soccer AM on Saturday morning, the Brazilian admitted: “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.”
The Gunners will be hoping to break the poor run of form that led to Unai Emery’s sacking on Friday.
Without a win in the Premier League since early October, the north London club witnessed a dismal defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt to spell the end of Emery’s tenure.