Academy boss Per Mertesacker tells Arsenal fans not to expect Champions League football for up to THREE years… but insists supporters must ‘trust’ Mikel Arteta despite slow start 

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  • Per Mertesacker tells Arsenal fans to ‘swallow despair’ at present
  • German says Arsenal may not play in Champions League for a few years
  • Former defender Mertesacker is currently the academy manager of the North London club.
  • He was responsible for promoting Emil Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.
  • The 36-year-old tells Arsenal fans to trust current manager Mikel Arteta

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Per Mertesacker has told Arsenal fans to be prepared to ‘swallow disappointment’ and expect the club to be without Champions League football for ‘probably two or three years’.

The German, who played for the Gunners between 2011 and 2018 before retiring, is currently serving as the club’s academy director and has been instrumental in promoting the likes of Emil Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka to Arsenal’s first team Huh.

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Mertesacker has revealed he is impatient to get the club back in what he describes as challenging for trophies with the biggest clubs in the Premier League, but insists ‘this is not reality’ and claims suggests that Mikel Arteta needs time to apply to his first team. Plan.

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Per Mertesacker tells Arsenal fans not to expect Champions League football to last a few years

Mikel Arteta (left) is in the bottom half of the Gunners table after a slow start

Mikel Arteta (left) is in the bottom half of the Gunners table after a slow start

Asked what position Arsenal are in at the moment, the 36-year-old told The Beautiful Game podcast: ‘Mass transition, that’s what I would classify it as.

‘I think it was clear that when Arsene (Wenger) left (in 2018), the void that needed to be filled would not be resolved in a few seasons or three to four years.

‘You’ve always wanted shortcuts, you know, to bang straight back into the Champions League, to succeed straight away. I think myself too, now working and working with the academy, for more long-term growth, I think we see similar-ish traits in the first team, and I hope Mikel gets the time he needs. he needs.

‘I am impatient. I want to be successful tomorrow, I want to go back to the Champions League tomorrow, I want to talk to people and say “Listen, we have the best club in the world that challenges for the title every year.” This is not reality. I think the sooner we get on the train we are in a bigger, bigger transition (the better).’

Mertesacker (right) owns Arsenal's academy and helped bring on Bukayo Saka (right)

Mertesacker (right) owns Arsenal’s academy and helped bring on Bukayo Saka (right)

Arsenal started the current Premier League season badly, losing their first three games to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City – all without the Gunners scoring a single goal.

Arteta’s side have recovered in recent weeks with fewer victories over Norwich and Burnley, but a crucial one with rivals Tottenham arriving at the Emirates Stadium in north London this weekend ahead of a trip to high-flying Brighton next week. Fortnight to face.

While Spanish head coach Arteta’s future has been under threat in recent weeks, Mertesacker has told Gunners supporters to ‘give him confidence’ so that he can return Arsenal to the Champions League, a competition he has held since the spring of 2017. Haven’t played.

Mertesacker said, ‘Sustainable success requires some trust. ‘I am for trusting people over people. If it is Mikel Arteta, and I believe him to be the right person, then let’s give him the confidence and the development team that he can take to the next level that Champions League football will achieve, maybe in two or three years.

Mertesacker tells Gunners fans to rely on Arteta (right) despite a poor start to the season

Mertesacker tells Gunners fans to rely on Arteta (right) despite a poor start to the season

‘From a club person, that’s basically my view at the moment, because I’ve worked very, very closely with Mikel.

‘I know how much he wants it, I know his work ethic, I know how hard the team works at the moment to reach a better level. I think we all have to swallow the gloom at the moment, which I want to change, but the environment we are going to deliver in the next years will be critical to our success.

‘The stakes are very, very high, and I understand that there is a lot of criticism, but some people just need to swallow it and try and grow with it, and Mikel is the one who does that.’

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