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Arsenal took everyone by surprise when they officially announced Per Mertesacker will become Arsenal’s academy manager in 2018.
The German defender, signed from Werder Bremen in August 2011, played only twice last season because of injuries.
Arsenal have announced that he will start working with the academy this season to prepare for his next role.
“Per is an exceptional character who is a great example for young players,” manager Arsene Wenger said.
“He is a deep thinker about the game and committed to helping players fulfil their potential.”
Mertesacker’s last game for Arsenal was in the FA Cup final where we won the current Premier League Champions back in May.