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Gunners could lose Mertesacker

The former player was invited to take over the youth development programme on his retirement in 2018, and has since been responsible for the production line of talent that the club is starting to ;produce on a regular behaviour.

Arsenal could lose the services of highly respected Academy Director Per Mertersacker.

He also briefly combined those duties with a job as interim assistant manager to Freddie Ljungberg following the sacking of Unai Emery.

However, now come news that the German FA (DFB) may want him to take over as Sporting Director following the country’s early exit from the Qatar World Cup.

The previous incumbent Oliver Bierhoff left is post earlier this week, and now there are calls for a drastic rebuild of German football from the ground up before Euro 2024 which they are hosting.

Mertesacker played for Germany 104 times and was part of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014 (the last time they even got out of the group stages).

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