Per Mertesacker to take over as Arsenal academy manager in a year’s time

• German will continue to play in 2017-18 while developing academy knowledge
• ‘Per is an exceptional character and a great example,’ says Arsène Wenger

Per Mertesacker will take over as Arsenal’s academy manager in a year’s time. The 32-year-old German, who excelled in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea despite the game being his first start of the season, will be part of Arsène Wenger’s first-team squad this coming season before focusing fully on the academy.

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