Per Mertesacker backs Mikel Arteta’s return to Arsenal

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Per Mertesacker would jump at the chance to work with Mikel Arteta again amid rumours Arsenal are considering axing Unai Emery.

The Arsenal head coach reportedly has until January to turn results around after a dismal start to the campaign.

Champions League football next season already looks to be out of reach for the Gunners and Manchester City are bracing themselves for an approach from Arsenal for Arteta, should they decide to part ways with Emery.

The Premier League champions are expected to sanction Arteta’s return to Arsenal were they to move for the Spaniard.

Mertesacker manages Arsenal’s academy and after playing with Arteta at the Emirates, the German would love to work with him again.

‘I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me,’ he told FourFourTwo. ‘I was by his side during team meetings and we had a great bond. I’d love to work with him again, a top guy.’

Arsenal are in turmoil at the moment, with Granit Xhaka’s explosive clash with fans leading to a sudden change in captains at the club.

Emery refused to say whether his former skipper will play again for Arsenal before his side suffered a damaging defeat to Leicester City.

Arsenal resume club action this week with a home game against Southampton, with the Gunners eight points off fourth place.

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