Arsenal youth coach Freddie Ljungberg is in line to take over as manager should Unai Emery get sacked.
That is according to The Athletic reporter David Ornstein, who has close ties to the Emirates outfit.
Emery has started the season in mixed form but the Gunners find themselves third in the Premier League – despite just four wins out of eight.
And the Spaniard will have to keep hold of that position if he wants to keep his job after the end of the season.
After a huge summer spending spree, that saw the captures of David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos, Arsenal chiefs are demanding Champions League football.
It comes after a disappointing season last campaign where they failed to reach the top-tier European competition.
However, there were encouraging signs from the squad and manager – but the pressure is on this term.
And according to The Athletic reporter Ornstein, Ljungberg is primed to take over in the hotseat.
He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.
“He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.”
Emery has spoken in glowing terms of the former Swedish winger, insisting he is happy with his work with the Arsenal academy.
He said of Ljungberg: “He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before.
“He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him.
“Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.”
Bukayo Saka has been a breakthrough star at the club, while Joe Willock has also been a staple in many of Emery’s teams.