Former Arsenal player and current academy manager Per Mertesacker has claimed that the Gunners are planning to team up with German side Werder Bremen.
Well, Mertesacker has claimed that the Gunners have been really impressed with the youth system at Werder Bremen and in the near future, both the clubs could exchange players as well as their staff in order to prosper.
Per spent time with Werder Bremen technical director Thomas Schaaf and discussed the possibility of teaming up so that the Gunners can explore how the Bundesliga team’s youth system functions.
“Werder Bremen has a very good youth system and with Thomas someone who brings in new structures,” Mertesacker told Bild.
“I talked to him and thought about what we can do together as far as players are concerned.”
Mertesacker then explained while giving an interview to Werder Bremen’s official club website.
“We exchanged views. The contact with Werder Bremen is still so good that you like to drop by for two days, talk about promoting talent together and bring along colleagues from London.
“Also in the future, this idea should continue to flourish. At various levels, connections between Arsenal and Werder are conceivable.
“Thomas is the technical director responsible for coach education in the Werder centre of excellence, it can be useful for us in London. We could send coaches to Bremen and vice versa.
“Ultimately, both clubs benefit from it.”
Arsenal have had a history of bringing in youth and turning them into superstars – a process mastered and streamlined at the club by Arsene Wenger.
And now with the teaming up with Werder Bremen, it looks like Unai Emery is also planning to walk on the same footsteps.