Arsenal will grant interim manager Freddie Ljungberg an extended opportunity to show he deserves to get the job full-time, Football Insider understands.
The Gunners appointed their former midfielder as temporary boss yesterday after promoting him from his first-team coaching role following the sacking of Unai Emery.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club have total faith in Ljungberg and it is possible he could take the job permanently if he shines in the role.
The Gunners regard the 42-year-old highly after his impressive stint managing their Under-23s last season was followed by promotion to Emery’s coaching staff.
Ljungberg took training for the first time at 11am yesterday and there is a sense that he could persuade club chiefs to follow Manchester United’s example from last season if he makes a big impact in the role.
Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer was initially appointed interim manager before a marked improvement in results, and a remarkable Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain, secured him the job permanently.
Ljungberg has the same connection with Arsenal supporters that Solskjaer has at United and the Gunners hierarchy believe this can help overturn the awful atmosphere at Emirates Stadium.
Moreover, the Londoners have a stable of exciting young players and they have spoken glowingly to club chiefs about the impact the Swede had on their development.
Some of those have been promoted into the senior squad and others are now performing impressively out on loan with a view to returning to Arsenal.