Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

We’re back after holidays, and on this week’s Interlull heavy show we discuss Per Mertesacker whose new book comes out this week, touching on his job as Academy manager, his playing career, and how he’s trying to shape the next generation of young Arsenal talent. There’s a round-up of the scant Arsenal news, including injury worries for Granit Xhaka, the departure of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and how Europa League and Carabao Cup could be very useful for us this month. We then answer listener questions about young English players, Nacho Monreal’s legacy, Lucas Torreira and how he fits into the team under Unai Emery, Ceballos or Ozil for the Watford game, Arsene Wenger’s upcoming biography and lots more including wasp picnics and slippery nuts.

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