Arsene Wenger to make return to the dugout… as part of farewell match for Per Mertesacker in Hannover
- Arsene Wenger is returning to the dugout for Per Mertesacker’s farewell match
- The German defender is hosting the match in Hannover to mark his retirement
- Wenger will manage a World XI which faces ‘Mertesacker’s Hannover 96 friends’
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a return to management as he will assume position in the dugout for Per Mertesacker’s farewell match.
Wenger has been out of work since departing from Arsenal in the summer but he will help out his former German centre-back at the match in Hannover.
The Frenchman is used to these sorts of arrangements having helped out another former player in Nwankwo Kanu in his match at Barnet’s Hive stadium.
Arsene Wenger is to make a return to the dugout as he leads a World XI in a testimonial match
Wenger’s side will face Per Mertesacker and Friends in Hannover to mark his retirement
In a game that will mark the defender’s retirement from the game, Wenger will take charge of the World XI taking on ‘Mertesacker’s Hannover 96 friends’ at the HDI-Arena.
Former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, Petr Cech and Michael Ballack are all set to be involved in the tie for Mertersacker’s side.
Wenger’s World XI front three looks set to include Germany World Cup legend Miroslav Klose, Claudio Pizarro and Max Kruse.
Having agreed his retirement, 34-year-old Mertersacker will take up a role as Arsenal’s academy director.
The centre-back played 221 times for the Gunners, as well as winning 104 caps for Germany and being a key part of their 2014 World Cup triumph.
Everton’s Theo Walcott is set to be involved as Mertesacker arranges a host of star names