Mikel Arteta is reportedly targeting a move for set-piece specialist Andreas Georgson as he looks to add to his coaching staff at Arsenal.
The Gunners have seen their former winger Freddie Ljungberg depart the club’s staff after he had served under Arteta since the Spaniard’s appointment in December, which came after Ljungberg had been taking temporary charge in the wake of the departure of Unai Emery.
The Swede is now set to pursue managerial ambitions away from the club, with Arteta turning to Brentford coach Georgson as he looks to add to his staff.
The Bees – who lost this season’s Championship playoff final to Fulham – have often been praised for their approach under manager Thomas Frank, with the German trusting Georgson to work on the club’s set-pieces.
A report from the Evening Standard suggests that Arteta now wants to bring the Swedish coach to the Gunners as he looks to put his stamp on things ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Arsenal have had problems defending set-pieces since Arteta’s appointment as manager, with the Spaniard hoping that Georgson can help out in an area he has come to specialise in through his work at Brentford and former club Malmo.
Should he make the move to the Gunners he would become the second member of staff that Arteta has recruited from Brentford since his arrival, having taken the goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana shortly after his appointment in December.
The Gunners are currently making a number of changes off the pitch as they seek to get back in touch with the top four in the Premier League.
Last month a review of their scouting department led to a number of departures from the club, including the highly-respected scout Francis Cagigao and the ex-Reading and Leeds manager Brian McDermott.
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