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Per Mertesacker watches Arsenal Under 18s as former defender has his first day as north London club's academy manager Per Mertesacker officially started his new job as academy manager on Saturday He began his tenure by watching over Arsenal U18s as they faced Chelsea The German takes charge at just 33 and says he 'has big plans for the academy'

By Michael Searles For Mailonline

Published: 15:55 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 15:55 BST, 1 September 2018

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Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker watched over the Gunners' U18 side on his first day as the new academy manager.  

Mertesacker watched the young Guns play Chelsea at their training ground in London Colney on Saturday. 

The German agreed to take on the role last year, before announcing he would retire from

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