By Emma Sanders

Arsenal captain Per Mertsesacker has claimed it was “bad luck” for fellow German Bastian Schweinsteiger that Jose Mourinho took over at Manchester United.

Schweinsteiger signed what Mertesacker called a “good contract” when he joined from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015 but the change of manager has pushed him down the Old Trafford pecking order.

Mourinho admitted the 32 year-old is not in his plans and omitted him United’s Europa League squad as well as ordering the veteran to train with the youth team.

“It’s bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager and that the new manager doesn’t want him,” Mertersacker told Kicker, the Manchester Evening News reports.

“It can happen to you at any time in this business, and it’s a bit perverse, but Basti [Schweinsteiger] signed a good contract, and he knew where he was going.

“He just had bad luck with the way it worked out. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best.”

Schweinsteiger is yet to play for Manchester United this season and hasn’t made an appearance since March 2016, when Louis Van Gaal was the manager.

The German midfielder admitted earlier this year that Manchester United would be his last European club but after making just 18 appearances since joining, could complete a move away from the Premier League in the January transfer window.

In other Arsenal news, Hector Bellerin could reject a huge big-money deal to join Premier League rivals next summer.