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Per Mertesacker pinpoints how Arsenal can become world class with Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock

Of all the many things Arsenal could change to become a world class side again Per Mertesacker is in no doubt what the most significant would be. Uniting a club riven by fan fury and an unhappy relationship with owners, executives and even managers would bring with it an incalculable value.

And the academy chief is acutely aware of the valuable contribution his own Hale End products can play in bringing Arsenal together.

Mertesacker endured the division of the painful final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign and admitted that he even felt responsible for the fury many supporters vented at their veteran manager as Arsenal fell short of contending for the Premier League title and subsequently even a top four finish before the Frenchman’s departure.

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