Monday, January 30, 2023

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

Mikel Arteta’s World Cup woes may continue, as Germany apparently plans to grant Per Mertesacker a prominent position in their reorganization.

The German is presently the head of Arsenal’s academy and plays a crucial part in the development of the club’s young players, but he could be enticed by an opportunity to help revamp German football following their World Cup debacle.

Germany were eliminated in the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup after losing their opening match to Japan. They needed to defeat Costa Rica in the final match in order to qualify, but Japan pulled off a spectacular comeback victory to defeat Spain.

Oliver Bierhoff, who has served as managing director of the DFB for the past eighteen years, will resign from his position as part of a substantial reorganization of the organization’s senior administration.

The former footballer was accountable for their humiliating group stage departure at the hands of Japan and Spain, which followed their shocking exit in 2018 as world champions.

Sky Germany reports that replacing Bierhoff is the top priority for DFB president Bernd Neuendorf and vice-president Hans-Joachim Watzke as they consider potential successors. Mertesacker has emerged as a candidate, along with former Aston Villa player and current Stuttgart director Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Mertesacker’s post-playing career would take a significant step forward with such a transition, given his impressive performance in his present capacity. Mertesacker helped the German national team win the 2014 World Cup, and he has a specialty in working with young players. It appears that German officials have taken his leadership into account.

However, it would leave Arteta with a massive hole to fill in his reorganized Arsenal organization. Mertesacker was appointed in 2018 and has been instrumental in assisting the development of young players such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe into first-team regulars.

The 38-year-old is regarded as a key member of the north London club, and losing him to Germany in a similar capacity would be difficult to stomach.

Gabriel Jesus, who underwent knee surgery, was declared out for several months, dealing a devastating blow to Spain.

The club reported its £45 million striker underwent successful knee surgery after suffering a knee injury with Brazil at the World Cup; he is now expected to miss a significant portion of the remainder of the season.

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

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