Despite being out with a knee injury, Per Mertesacker obviously didn’t miss Arsenal’s 5-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The centreback, who’s yet to play this season after sustaining a knee injury that required surgery, took to Twitter to say how proud he was of his team. Well, he is technically captain after all.

Unlike when some Arsenal players tweet, I feel it’s slightly more genuine coming from Per, seeing as he was a Gooner as a kid. He loves to club and it’ll be a shame to see him go when we inevitably decide not to renew his expired contract at the end of the season.

On a brighter note, the German’s rehab seems to be going well. He’s now back training.

“We’ve had a welcome addition to the squad recently – Per Mertesacker has returned from a treatment break in Germany,” Arsene Wenger said at the end of November.

“You know Per is a leader in the group, on a mental front as well. That’s the only attribute he can use at the moment but he’s an important part of the dressing room. He gets everybody focused and I’m sure I can rely on his help to keep the team highly motivated.”

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