Breaking: Arsene Wenger to make managerial comeback in Germany

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Arsene Wenger will return to the dugout this weekend as part of a charity match put on by his former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker.

It is the second time in as many weeks that the legendary former Gunners boss has helped out one of his former players, after he took charge of a Premier League XI at Barnet in a fixture organised by Nwankwo Kanu .

Wenger will take charge of the World XI taking on “Mertesacker’s Hannover 96 friends” at the HDI-Arena, in what will be the World Cup winner’s farewell game after his retirement at the end of last season.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Petr Cech and Michael Ballack are all going to be involved, while Wenger’s World XI front three features Germany World Cup legend Miroslav Klose, Claudio Pizarro and Max Kruse.

Mertesacker, 34, has taken up a role as Arsenal’s academy director after calling time on his 15-year professional career in May.

He played for Hannover and Werder Bremen before joining Arsenal in 2011.

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.


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