Cape Town - Per Mertesacker has praised former
Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta and admitted that he would enjoy having
him back at the Gunners.
The former Gunners defender, who now runs the club's academy, played
alongside Arteta for five years at the Emirates Stadium after they both
arrived in the summer of 2011.
Arteta then retired in 2016 and left to join Manchester City, working
as Pep Guardiola's assistant and playing a key role in the club’s
back-to-back Premier League triumphs.
He was also touted as a candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger in North
London in 2018 and, with pressure upon Unai Emery rising, has been
mentioned as a candidate to be the next manager at the Emirates Stadium.
Mertesacker has now thrown his weight behind Arteta, praising his
former colleague colleague and admitting he would love to work alongside
him in the future.
"I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me. 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," he told FourFourTwo.
Mertesacker also praised former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was
appointed last week as the new Head of Football Development at Fifa.
"He has an aura - it's difficult to explain. He demands a lot, but
makes you feel comfortable, too. It's about trust. In hard times, he was
a rock protecting us. I'll always be very grateful to him."
- TeamTalk Media