Richard Keys reckons that Per Mertesacker should be named Arsenal’s player of the season after his FA Cup final performance against Chelsea.
- Mertesacker played in final because of Laurent Koscielny’s suspension
- Defender had only played 37 minutes against Everton all season
- Keys says BFG was best player for Arsenal v Chelsea
Despite playing just 37 minutes until that point, Mertesacker completed bossed Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash against Chelsea, helping the Gunners to a 2-1 win and their 13th FA Cup trophy.
However, while most Gooners, pundits and human beings in general recognised how brilliant the centre-back was and admired his ability to bounce back from injury so effectively, Richard Keys took his admiration to a whole new level, claiming that the BFG should be crowned as Arsenal’s player of the season.
“Never mind man of the match, Per Mertesacker should be named as a Arsenal’s player of the year [sic],” Keys wrote in his blog.
“He was awesome. If the win transformed Arsenal’s season – and it did – then Mertesacker had more influence on that season in that 90 minutes than anybody else.
While I’m not 100% sure Keys was being entirely serious with this comment, I can understand his logic. I mean, Mertesacker showed more leadership, heart and desire in that one game against Chelsea than a lot of the squad showed for the entire Premier League campaign.
It’s good to have him back.