September 07, 2018 by
Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says he was relieved at not being picked to play too much during the 2017/18 season, the last of his career. As the reason for this anomaly for a professional football player the 6’6″ German names his mental struggles.
In a rather personal confession-style interview with German publication Der Spiegel, Mertesacker revealed that instead of the glamour that many top-level footballers feel, he often suffered from nausea and diarrhoea – consequences of performance-induced stress. .......Read more here.....
July 01, 2018 by
Arsenal have made their list of players released public on Friday, and among others, it contains the names of Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.
Mertesacker has retired from playing professional football at a relatively disappointing age of 33. However, the former Germany international has been plagued with injuries and his decision to stop playing is certainly not without reason. He made as little as 12 appearances for Arsenal last season, while in 2016/17 he took to the pitch only twice. .......Read more here.....
June 09, 2018 by
There were few surprises on Arsenal’s yearly retained list. The biggest players moving on are German defender Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.
Mertesacker revealed earlier in the season that he would retire this summer and will take up the role of academy boss. Cazorla has endured a nightmare 18 months through injuries and has re-joined former club, Villarreal.
The other players released from their Gunners contracts are Marc Bola, Alexander Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Hugo Keto and Tafari Moore. None of the youngster’s exits will have an effect on the Unai Emery’s first-team plans. .......Read more here.....
March 11, 2018 by
German defender Per Mertesacker has been a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence ever since joining the club, but now, it seems as if the 33-year-old is just about ready to hang up his boots due to the stress involved with playing the beautiful game.
During an interview with magazine Der Spiegel, Mertesacker made a handful of somewhat startling comments regarding what it feels like to play at this level. The 2014 World Cup winner and former Werder Bremen star has been at the Emirates since 2011 and has made well over 150 appearances for the North London club. .......Read more here.....
January 07, 2018 by
FA Cup holders Arsenal suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday to exit the competition at the third round stage.
The home side had the first attempt of the game. Ben Brereton got between two Arsenal defenders but failed to trouble David Ospina. The Gunners hit back at the other end soon afterwards, as Theo Walcott looked through on goal. However, the forward scuffed his effort and the danger was gone for the home side. .......Read more here.....
October 29, 2017 by
Arsenal recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday afternoon. When the Gunners went behind in the first half completely unexpectedly, it looked like it could have been one of those inexplicable defeats for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Second half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey were enough, in the end, to give the north London side the victory.
Home record is very encouraging
While Arsenal’s form has been unconvincing at times in recent years, the Gunners home form of late has been outstanding in the Premier League. For much of Wenger’s reign, Arsenal’s home record has been outstanding. .......Read more here.....
July 07, 2017 by
Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker will retire from playing at the end of season 2017/18 and then take the role of academy boss with the Gunners.
It seems like a very good decision by the club’s hierarchy. The giant German defender has immense experience in the game, including having won a World Cup with his national team.
Picked the right time to retire
Mertesacker has become a bit-part player at Arsenal. Due to injuries and competition for places, the German made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League, while also surprising starting in the Gunners 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea. .......Read more here.....
May 28, 2017 by
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was a standout performer in Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Chelsea, despite having played just 37 minutes of top-flight football this season, leading by example and banishing any doubters questioning his captaincy.
The Big Friendly German made only his first appearance of the season on the final day of the Premier League campaign, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Everton as a result of a knee injury to Gabriel Paulista. Given the lack of activity in the first-team this season, Mertesacker’s match fitness was at its worst – something he admitted in the build-up to the FA Cup final. But his performance was of the contrary. .......Read more here.....
May 25, 2017 by
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker recently made his long awaited comeback from a serious knee injury on the final day of the Premier League season, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton, and could well be making his first start in 11 months this weekend in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
The 32-year-old club captain could be drafted into the side as Arsenal are suffering from an injury crisis to their defence. Laurent Koscielny is suspended, Shkodran Mustafi is suffering from concussion and Gabriel Paulista has a knee injury ruling him out for two months. Mertesacker has played just 37 minutes of football this season but could be forced to feature for lack of better options. .......Read more here.....
April 25, 2017 by
Arsenal awarded defender Per Mertesacker an 18-month deal back in January, despite the former German international having spent the season with a knee injury. The centre-back has been on the bench after recovering from his injury, albeit an unused substitute in three of Arsenal’s last five Premier League games, but should the Arsenal club captain have been given a new deal? .......Read more here.....