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Arsenal chief being 'lined up' for Germany role as World Cup inflicts more woe on Arteta

Arsenal chief being 'lined up' for Germany role as World Cup inflicts more woe on Arteta

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could be facing more woe as Germany are reportedly lining up a move to offer Per Mertesacker a leading role in their reshuffle at senior level. The German is currently their head of academy and holds an important role in the development of youngsters but could be tempted by a role to help reshape German football after their World Cup disaster.

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Germany were knocked out at the group stage for the second World Cup in a row after a defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening game. They needed to beat Costa Rica in the final match to stand any chance of qualifying, only for Japan to pull off a stunning comeback win to beat Spain.

The DFB are set to undergo a major overhaul of their senior management with Oliver Bierhoff stepping down from his role as managing director after 18 years in the role.

The former footballer bore the responsibility of their embarrassing group stage exit at the hands of Japan and Spain, following on from their shock exit in 2018 when they were world champions.

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According to Sky Germany, replacing Bierhoff is the most important task for DFB president Bernd Neuendorf and vice-president Hans-Joachim Watzke as they look at potential successors, and Mertesacker has emerged as a candidate along with former Aston Villa man Thomas Hitzlsperger, now a director with Stuttgart.

Such a move would be a huge step for Mertesacker in his post-playing career after impressing in his current role. It seems that German officials have taken into account his leadership, with Mertesacker helping the nation win the World Cup in 2014, in addition to his specialism of working with youngsters.

But it would leave Arsenal coach Arteta with a huge void to fill in his restructured organisation. Mertesacker was appointed in 2018 and has played a key role in helping nurture youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe into established first-team players.

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The 38-year-old is regarded as a pivotal figure within the north London club and losing him to Germany in a similar role would be a bitter pill to swallow.

It comes after the Spaniard was dealt a huge blow when Gabriel Jesus was ruled out for several months after undergoing knee surgery.

The club confirmed their £45m striker had successfully gone under the knife having picked up a knee problem while at the World Cup with Brazil and now looks set to miss a large chunk of the second part of the season.

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