Tag: Per Mertesacker

Mertesacker admits it was Wenger's idea to make him academy manager

Per Mertesacker has admitted he considered a return to former club Hannover 96 as he neared the end of his playing days, before Arsene Wenger suggested sticking with Arsenal.

Mertesacker insists 'talent is not enough' for Arsenal academy youngsters

Per Mertesacker insists that it's not enough just to collect pools of talent in the Arsenal academy, and he wants to build something to help young players cope with every challenge in life.

"We failed while he supported us": Arsenal man speaks out on...

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shows appreciation to he fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker admits the Arsenal players failed Arsene Wenger towards the end of the manager's spell with the club, and feels he was part of that failure.

Per Mertesacker to make TV pundit debut on Tuesday

Per Mertesacker will make his first TV appearance as a pundit for the Schalke v Porto Champions League match on DAZN on Tuesday night.

Mertesacker admits he was "relieved" to play so little in final...

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shows appreciation to he fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker has admitted the pressure was getting to him in his final year with Arsenal, and he was happier taking part in training sessions than he would've been on the pitch.

Arsenal man calls it ‘fun,’ fails to see Mesut Ozil's problem

Per Mertesacker has doubled-down on his claims there is no form of racism within the German set-up and even claimed he has been called names too but it was ‘just a bit of fun’.

Mertesacker oversees his first match as Arsenal academy manager

Per Mertesacker had his first day as manager of the Arsenal Academy on Saturday, watching the u18s take on Chelsea.

Per Mertesacker doesn’t accept Mesut Ozil’s racism claims

Per Mertesacker has become the latest white, single-nationality German player to deny there is any racism in the German camp in comments that are very disappointing.

Final lineups announced for Per Mertesacker farewell match

The final lineups have been announced for Per Mertesacker's 'Homecoming' game that will take place in Germany in October.

Per Mertesacker offers heartfelt support to Mesut Ozil

Per Mertesacker has come out firing in defence of Mesut Ozil who has been turned into a scapegoat for his country’s World Cup failings in Russia this summer.

Tickets go on sale for Arsenal's star's farewell match

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shows appreciation to he fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Tickets for Per Mertesacker’s farewell match on October 13 have gone on sale with prices starting at €10 for standing tickets.

Confirmed: The 9 players who won't return to the Arsenal team...

Santi Cazorla in training
Arsenal have announced the nine players they're releasing ahead of the 2018/19 season, with more potentially to come in the following weeks.

Arsenal director agrees deal to become TV pundit

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shows appreciation to he fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker will work as a TV pundit next season as well as the new Head of Academy at Arsenal.

New Arsenal coach explains his plans for the club's academy

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shows appreciation to he fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker has vowed to do everything possible to convince Arsenal's academy players to take on new ideas and practices to help them make the most of themselves.

Arsenal's new Academy director: His coaching style & what to expect

In July, it was announced that Per Mertesacker would take over Arsenal's academy once his playing contract with the club ran out in June 2018, so what will he be like in charge of the youngsters?

Former Gunner hints at German manager as best replacement for Arsene...

Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski thinks Arsenal should look to Germany for their next managerial appointment, after learning of Arsene Wenger's imminent departure.

7 signings Sven Mislintat could recommend for key Arsenal position this...

Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign a centre-back as one of four positions he’s looking to strengthen this summer according to reports, but who are the available options?

Arsenal’s new manager starts work 3 months early

Per Mertesacker has been introducing himself to the kids at Hale End and setting up meetings as he uses his spare time to get ready for life in his new role, so what sort of manager is he going to be?

Surprising Arsenal player makes Top 10 passers list

Arsenal have one player in the top 10 most accurate passers in the Premier League this season, and rather surprisingly that player is Nacho Monreal.

6 signings Sven Mislintat could recommend for key Arsenal position this...

Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign a centre-back as one of four positions he's looking to strengthen this summer, according to reports, but who are the available options?

Assessed: The 4 signings Sven Mislintat wants to make for Arsenal

Sven Mislintat, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, has become Arsenal's new Head of Recruitment.
Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign players in four different positions this summer, according to reports, in what is shaping up to be a significantly busier window than last year.

Former business manager says Arsenal man's comments are 'a kind of...

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal looks dejected in defence the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Ilja Kaenzig, who previously worked at Hannover 96 when Per Mertesacker was at the club, says the German's recent comments are 'a kind of coming out' and should serve as 'a warning'.

'My body's finished': Arsenal fan favourite makes heartbreaking admission

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal looks dejected in defence the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker has made the heartbreaking admission that his body is completely 'finished' and he would much rather sit in the stands than play.

4 positions Arsenal MUST strengthen urgently

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal talks to Calum Chambers and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
It's fairly clear right now that Arsenal's squad is far from perfect, but which positions in particular do the club need to look at in the summer?

16 players who should or could leave Arsenal this summer

Brighton's Dutch midfielder Davy Propper (L) vies with Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on March 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /
Arsenal need more than a change of manager, they need to completely revamp their playing squad as well.

2 surprise starts: Arsenal Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Östersunds FK

Arsenal play Östersunds FK in the second leg of their round-of-32 tie on Thursday night, and with a cup final at the weekend, you can expect changes to the starting lineup.

Arsenal to strengthen 2 key areas in summer but neglect 3rd

Arsenal want to strengthen their central defence and midfield in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Exciting £36m Serie A defender likes Arsenal 'a lot,' Wenger still...

Arsenal continue to scout Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of a potential move in the summer, according to various reports.

No threat without him and 6 other things Arsenal’s abject performance...

After Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, let's look at seven things we learned from the match.

6 of our favourite times Arsenal humiliated Tottenham

Ahead of the North London derby this Saturday, we've looked at some of Arsenal's humiliations of their local rivals.

'He's a positive influence on the whole team' - Per Mertesacker...

Per Mertesacker had high praise for Jack Wilshere recently, even describing the 26-year-old as a perfect example of what a positive attitude can do for the rest of the squad.

Selection of this Arsenal player highlights failings in scouting and tactics

Arsene Wenger's selection of Per Mertesacker highlights Arsenal's failings when it comes to preparation and tactics.

'It’s embarrassing...it’s criminal...really quite poor' - Arsenal defender hammered after FA...

Martin Keown has labelled Arsenal's defending for Nottingham Forest's first goal as 'embarrassing', and feels Per Mertesacker should have done something about it.

'I don't think anybody justfied their selection' - Arsenal man takes...

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal looks dejected in defence the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker says nobody justified Arsene Wenger's faith in them against Nottingham Forest, as the fringe players were almost universally disappointing.

Ex-BBC journalist confirms Arsenal have made backroom appointment

Lee Herron is leaving Reading to join Arsenal, according to sports journalist Simon Austin, formerly of the BBC.

Danny Welbeck posts hilarious videos of Arsenal players on team night...

Danny Welbeck posted videos of the Arsenal players on a night out at Winter Wonderland on Saturday night, as an early team Christmas celebration.

Inside Lee Herron's new managerial role at Arsenal

Lee Herron has reportedly been handed a role at Arsenal's academy, which has led Gooners to speculate over what this could entail.

Video: Arsenal players past and present pay tribute to Tomas Rosicky

Tomas Rosicky scores against Tottenham
Arsenal players past and present have been paying tribute to Tomas Rosicky since the midfielder announced his retirement from football on Thursday.

Arsenal eyeing up academy manager to work with Mertesacker

Arsenal are eyeing up Reading's academy manager Lee Herron to work with Per Mertesacker in their new youth setup next season.

Making it up as he goes along: Wenger acts as if...

After Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal started two games in central defence in just a few days, many fans are asking why Calum Chambers and Rob Holding aren't being given a chance.

Mertesacker replacement: Exciting young duo recommended to Arsenal by new hire

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ohis Felix Uduokhai of VfL Wolfsburg poses during the team presentation at on September 13, 2017 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Sven Mislintat has recommended Abdou Diallo and Ohis Felix Uduokhai as potential replacements for Per Mertesacker, according to reports.

6th new Arsenal appointment made: Who are they all?

As Arsenal acquire a new scout for Southeastern Europe, how many new faces have arrived at the club?

Chris Sutton questions why this Arsenal player started against Southampton

Chris Sutton has questioned why Per Mertesacker was chosen over Rob Holding against Southampton.

Inconsistent Ozil and vital Alexis? Who really was Arsenal’s worst player...

Picking out Arsenal's three worst players against Southampton is like peering into a bin and trying to choose which piece of rubbish is the least shiny.

This player needs dropped & other things we learned from Arsenal's...

Another Arsenal away game, another embarrassing display from men who earn more in a week than I probably have in my entire life.

He's a fine player but Arsenal must become less dependent on...

Laurent Koscielny is a fine defender, but Arsenal must become less dependent on him.

Predicted Arsenal 3-4-3 line-up v BATE Borisov: Wilshere and Walcott in

Arsenal are likely to rotate heavily for their match against BATE Borisov on Thursday, with Southampton to come at the weekend. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott will start.

Arsenal defender admits teammate knew Colonge man would dive

After Arsenal's 1-0 defeat away to FC Cologne on Thursday evening, Rob Holding revealed that Per Mertesacker had known Sehrou Guirassy was going to dive, which is why he pulled out of the challenge.

Per Mertesacker has one major demand of Arsenal ahead of tonight's...

Per Mertesacker has called on his teammates to reproduce the intensity they showed against Tottenham.

11 changes: Predicted Arsenal 3-4-3 lineup v FC Köln

Arsenal travel to the RheinEnergieStadion to face German side FC Köln in the Europa League, knowing a draw will ensure of their place in the last-32 as group-winners.

5 exceptional options to replace this Arsenal leader when he goes

Arsenal will need to sign a new centre back in the summer when Per Mertesacker retires. So who is out there?

He made me feel appreciated - Arsenal captain pens emotional blog...

Eight years ago, former Germany keeper Robert Enke committed suicide.

Arsenal to appoint Sporting Director in behind-the-scenes overhaul

Ivan Gazidis
Arsenal are preparing to hire a new Sporting Director, as they begin an overhaul behind-the-scenes, as promised by Ivan Gazidis.

Why did Arteta join Manchester City instead staying with Arsenal?

Mikel Arteta
After Guardiola highlighted Mikel Arteta's involvement in Raheem Sterling's development, many fans are again asking the question why Arteta isn't still here in North London.

Per Mertesacker gives Arsenal teammate a glowing review of his performance...

Per Mertesacker was impressed with how Mesut Özil shone at the weekend against Everton.

Arsenal midfielder considering future management role

Jack Wilshere made use of all the extra time he had last season to start on his coaching qualifications, and has continued to do so on returning to Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker makes honest admission after Arsenal went 1-0 down to...

Per Mertesacker was pleased that Arsenal were finally able to take their chances in an away game, and admitted he wasn't too nervous after the Londoners went behind to Everton.

Arsenal supporters fume at Granit Xhaka after another cock-up against Everton

Granit Xhaka again felt the ire of Arsenal supporters on Sunday, after he was blamed for losing the ball which led to Everton taking the lead.

Arsenal star explains why he wasn't surprised by performance against Everton

Mesut Özil says that the attacking threat we saw on the pitch against Everton is what the German, Alexis and Lacazette do all the time in training.

Per Mertesacker confident these two Arsenal players are committed

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal looks dejected in defence the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker insists that he's confident that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both committed to Arsenal... for the time being.

Surprising stat emerges after Arsenal’s latest shambles at Watford

No team has scored more headers than Arsenal in the Premier League since the start of the 2015/16 season.

Mertesacker delivers familiar excuses after Watford defeat

Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal stopped playing their game in the second half against Watford.

Mertesacker gives his verdict on young Arsenal defender: He's stepped up

Per Mertesacker says he's happy with the way Holding has stepped up and adapted to the pressure the young centre-back has faced in his second season.

This is how Arsenal's defence could look against Watford on Saturday

Arsenal have a few defensive issues to work out ahead of their trip to Watford on Saturday, with a number of absentees and doubts forcing manager Arsene Wenger into changes.

Per Mertesacker explains why this part-time job was a humbling experience

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has spoken openly about his humbling experience working part-time in a psychiatric hospital when he left school.

Arsenal defender explains his vision for this summer's new role

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has outlined his vision for the Gunners' academy when he becomes the Head of Youth Development at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal to assess 25-year-old's injury over the next 48 hours

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will undergo scans in the next 48 hours, with fears that he could be out of action for a long time.

Arsenal 18-year-old 'surprised' to get chosen for Europa League trip

Charlie Gilmour admits that he was surprised to be included in Arsene Wenger's squad to face BATE Borisov, but he's ready to play for the first team.

Arsenal leader explains one of best moments in career: It was...

For Per Mertesacker, winning the World Cup still hasn't truly sunk in yet.

8 Arsenal players react to win over Brighton

Arsenal player tweets
The Arsenal players have reacted on social media to the 2-0 win over Brighton.

Wenger confirms he’ll start ‘experienced’ starting XI against BATE Borisov

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he'll field an experienced starting XI on Thursday night.

Per Mertesacker says the Arsenal academy has these two qualities

Per Mertesacker believes that the Arsenal youth coming through the academy have great potential and are of a high quality.

3 reasons under-rated deender should be starting for Arsenal

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has been a rock at the back since joining Arsenal in 2011. Here are a few reasons why the big man should be put back in the starting XI.

Former player makes surprise call for Mertesacker to replace Mustafi and...

Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner believes that Per Mertesacker should be starting for Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker says he "wants to give 100 percent" to win...

Per Mertesacker insists that he wants to give 100 per cent in order to win the Premier League title with Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker explains what he plans to teach the Arsenal youngsters...

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker wants to teach Arsenal's youngsters how to deal with victories and defeats properly.

Per Mertesacker makes honest admission about Arsenal's "difficult" meeting with Doncaster...

Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal's Carabao Cup clash with Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday night was "difficult".

Per Mertesacker says "it was good to have him back out...

Per Mertesacker was happy to see Jack Wilshere make his first start for Arsenal in over year on Wednesday, with the Gunners enjoying a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

Arsenal captain explains how young players can succeed at the club

Per Mertesacker believes games like Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against League One side Doncaster Rovers are exactly the kind of tests needed for the young players.

Arsenal captain explains why he's in talks with the club's coaches

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he often leaves the dressing room early at training as, if there's anything to discuss with the coaches, this is when he does it.

Arsenal captain says taking role as academy head was a "family...

Per Mertesacker has revealed that his decision to accept the job as head of Arsenal's academy was a family decision.

Arsenal captain planning talks with interim academy head ahead of new...

Per Mertesacker plans to have discussions with interim academy head Luke Hobbs ahead of his new role at Arsenal. 

Arsenal captain says he turned down playing offers to become academy...

Mertesacker revealed he had offers from other club to keep playing professionally, but he turned them down to become Arsenal's academy manager.

Defiant Arsenal captain had this to say about Mesut Ozil's critics...

Arsenal captain and former Germany international Per Mertesacker has backed teammate Mesut Ozil to defy his critics this season, and believes he's one of the most important players in the side.

Too late? Pundit declares what Arsenal needed to win the title

Title winners need a strong defensive unit, and that's exactly what Arsenal don't have, claims Jamie Carragher.

Mertesacker details what Arsenal need to do to ‘outplay’ Chelsea &...

Per Mertesacker is under no illusion what Arsenal need to do to make sure they take their Wembley form against Chelsea to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal captain wants the team fighting for these three trophies in...

Per Mertesacker is hopeful for a very successful end to his professional career, before he becomes academy manager at the end of the season.

Arsenal name these 42 players in this season's squad for the...

Alexis Sanchez has been named in Arsenal's Europa League squad for this season, along with 41 other players.

Arsenal captain explains fascinating dressing room motivation technique

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he sings Drake songs in the dressing room at Arsenal in order to lift the mood.

Influential Arsenal leader says this is reason why he's taken new...

Per Mertesacker has explained why he decided to become head of Arsenal's academy after his contract expires at the end of the season.

Arsenal 32-year-old says this side to football doesn't interest him at...

Per Mertesacker insists that he's not interested in being recognised as a celebrity

Arsenal 32-year-old says this one quality is essential in the club's...

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes hard work is more important than just having natural talent, something he will be paying close attention to as Head of Academy next season.

Arsenal 32-year-old says he spoke to these four people before taking...

Per Mertesacker has talked about becoming the new manager of the Arsenal academy.

Arsene Wenger names these three players as Arsenal's leaders

Arsene Wenger insists that while holding the title of Arsenal captain doesn't seem to mean much these days, he has a few leaders at the club.

Per Mertesacker says he never gave up on Arsenal career ...

Per Mertesacker has revealed that his superb performance in the FA Cup final last season really turned things around when it came to how others perceived him but not how he perceived himself.

Was Wenger right to blame defenders not selection for Stoke shambles?

Arsene Wenger was unhappy with the efforts of his defenders in Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Stoke, but he must share some of the blame.

Per Mertesacker explains comment he made to Arsenal legend after beating...

Per Mertesacker has talked about Martin Keown’s comments about the German’s FA Cup final performance in an interview with the Guardian.

Video: Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger take part in rapid fire...

Arsenal club captain Per Mertesacker and manager Arsene Wenger took part in a rapid fire Q&A session together.

Arsenal joint-top of the Injury League ahead of Stoke clash

Arsenal are joint-top of the Injury League table with Watford ahead of Saturday's trip to face Stoke City.

Arsene Wenger reveals which Arsenal legend is most skillful in hilarious...

Arsene Wenger has chosen Dennis Bergkamp as the most skillful player he's ever worked with.

Per Mertesacker and Arsène Wenger take part in hilarious Q&A

Per Mertesacker and Arsène Wenger have become the latest participants in the ‘Rapid Fire’ Q&A run by Emirates.

Arsenal squad injury update pre-Leicester City: Ozil in, Alexis out

Arsenal injury
It’s getting harder and harder to keep track of who’s fit and who isn’t ahead of Arsenal’s first 2017/18 clash against Leicester, so here's the latest.

Arsenal defender reveals what Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and others did...

New-boy Sead Kolasinac has revealed that Arsenal's strong German influence in the squad helped him quickly settle in.

Arsene Wenger arrives early to press conference and makes bold claim...

Arsene Wenger was reportedly 13 minutes early to his pre-match press conference and wasted no time telling the media how prepared his side are for anything Leicester City throw at them.

Wenger reveals these three players could miss Friday’s Premier League opener

In his press conference previewing Friday’s Premier League opener with Leicester City, Arsene Wenger has revealed Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker could miss out.

Arsenal could have seven players missing Friday’s Premier League opener with...

Arsenal could reportedly be missing up to seven players for their opening day Premier League fixture against Leicester City on Friday evening.

Arsenal defender gives injury update after concussion scare

Per Mertesacker has given an update on his head injury sustained in the Community Shield, revealing he may miss Arsenal's opening league game against Leicester City.

Wenger gives injury update after bloody head injury

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Per Mertesacker is fine after his suffering what appeared to be a nasty head wound against Chelsea on Sunday.

What positions do Arsenal still need to strengthen?

There's just one month remaining in the transfer window, and Arsenal still have work to do.

Mertesacker hopes Chelsea are just as “easy” in the Community Shield

Per Mertesacker has revealed how 'easy' it was to start for Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final despite being sidelined for a whole season.

Arsenal coach Jan van Loon joins Andries Jonker at Wolfsburg

Arsenal coach Jan van Loon will join former academy director Andries Jonker at Wolfsburg.

Mertesacker excited for next summer despite playing career coming to an...

Per Mertesacker says everything about the coming season will feel a bit more special than before, given what's to come next summer.

Mertesacker inspiring Arsenal’s youth talents

Per Mertesacker plans to inspire the next generation of prospects at Arsenal when he becomes the head of academy at the end of the season.

Mertesacker: Everyone wants Alexis to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker hopes that Alexis Sanchez will stay at the Emirates Stadium this summer and continue providing the "x-factor" in 2017/18.

Mertesacker full of praise for “outstanding” Kolasinac

Per Mertesacker has been impressed by new Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac. 

Why Per Mertesacker is a good choice to be Arsenal Head...

Per Mertesacker will become Arsenal's new academy director at the end of the season. He's a good choice too.

Early team news: Wenger confirms Ospina will start against Chelsea

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will be the goalkeeper to start against Chelsea on Saturday.

Arsenal medics deny Wenger's claims of food poisoning

Arsenal's medics believe that the Gunners are suffering with a 'mild stomach bug' rather than food poisoning.

Wenger gives his blessing for defender to make move next summer

Arsene Wenger has backed Per Mertesacker to guide future generations of Arsenal players to successful careers.

Arsenal captain: This is when Alexis Sanchez will decide his future

Per Mertesacker has admitted that Alexis Sanchez must make his own decision over his future at Arsenal and revealed that he'll do that next year after another season with the club.

Arsenal leader: This is my target with Arsenal

Per Mertesacker is retiring from professional football at the end of 2017/18, but he wants to point out that he's not quite done yet.

Arsenal players get naked in Australia

Per Mertesacker and Krystian Bielik both stripped off at the pool between pre-season matches in Australia.

Arsenal leader: I could have gone elsewhere

Arsenal recently announced that at the end of the season Per Mertesacker will retire from playing and become head of the academy.

Arsenal goalscorer interviewed after pre-season win in Sydney

After Arsenal's 2-0 win against Sydney FC in their opening pre-season match, Per Mertesacker and Petr Cech spoke to the media.

With goals: Lacazette scores as Arsenal kick-off pre season with a...

Arsenal defeated Sydney FC 2-0 in their first pre-season friendly, thanks to goals from Per Mertesacker and Alexandre Lacazette.

Mertesacker has his say on the Sanchez rumours

Per Mertesacker is convinced that Alexis Sanchez is staying at Arsenal next season.

Retirement and injury trouble leading Arsenal to consider £70m deal

Arsenal could turn to Southampton's Virgil van Dijk as a replacement for the retiring Per Mertesacker.

Photo Gallery: See Arsene Wenger’s first press conference in Sydney

Arsene Wenger, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech greeted the press in their first press conference of the tour.

Arsenal facing defensive crisis ahead of the new season

Arsenal are already facing a defensive crisis and the new season's not even kicked off yet.

Newcastle legend passionately backs Per Mertesacker's decision to coach Arsenal academy

Shaka Hislop has passionately backed Per Mertesacker's decision to become head of Arsenal's academy once his deal as a player comes to an end next year.

Per Mertesacker to run Arsenal’s Academy

Per Mertesacker will take over the running of Arsenal's Academy next year when he retires from playing football.

Lacazette delighted to meet his new Arsenal teammates

New signing Alexandre Lacazette was in cheerful mood as he met his new team mates yesterday.

U21 European Championships: Chambers hopes Mertesacker’s mentoring will help him perform...

Calum Chambers is desperate to make the final of U21 European Championships with England and will have to beat Germany this evening to achieve it, the country of his club mentor.

16 players fans say ‘need to leave’ Arsenal

Apparently there are 16 players Arsenal fans want out of their club.

Mustafi talks religion, his dream job, friendships in football and captaining...

Arsenal's Skhodran Mustafi spoke with FR about his religion, what he'd be if he wasn't a footballer, friendships in football and captaining the German national team.

Manchester United defender reportedly a target for Tottenham as well as...

Chris Smalling
Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to join Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, after losing out on Harry Maguire who signed for Leicester City this summer.

When is Arsenal’s official kit launch taking place?

Arsenal’s official kit launch for the 2017/18 is expected to be on Wednesday, and latest leaked pictures show Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the strip, suggesting the pair could be retained this summer.

What positions are Arsenal actually looking to reinforce this summer?

Arsene Wenger
After missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal have a very important transfer window ahead. We've already been linked with several players, but which areas of the team should be reinforced this summer?

Has Wenger taken his eye off the ball when it comes...

Arsenal have 12 players out of contract next summer and therefore set to run into their final year very soon - does this suggest that Arsene Wenger has taken his eye off the ball?

Arsenal new boy 'excited' to get started

Sead Kolasinac has said he followed the career of Mesut Ozil closely.

Olivier Giroud admits jealousy over these 2 Arsenal players

Olivier Giroud has said he is jealous of team-mates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal man admits interest in a return to Germany

While Per Mertesacker hasn't ruled out a return to former club Hannover, the centre-back says he has business to finalise at Arsenal first.

Mertesacker admits being “mentally drained” by Wenger snub this season

Per Mertesacker has admitted that being dropped from Arsenal's first team by Arsene Wenger this season left him 'mentally drained'.

Per Mertesacker admits one major career disappointment

Per Mertesacker revealed his failure to win a league title was one of the biggest disappointments of his career.

29 players rated but who topped Arsenal's Player Power Rankings?

With the 2016/17 season having come to a close, it's time to look at which Arsenal players were the most influential over the course of the campaign, as well as those who left a lot to be desired.

Per Mertesacker clarifies retirement claims

Per Mertesacker has moved to clarify his comments that seemed to indicate he was getting ready to retire, saying he’s ‘heading full steam’ into the new season.

Arsenal captain makes shock retirement announcement - I want to let...

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he is currently in talks with Arsenal over a new role on the ‘operational’ side of things with the club keen to keep him but that his playing days are almost at an end.

16 players fans think ‘need to leave’ Arsenal

Apparently there are 16 players Arsenal fans want out of their club.

Pundit: Mertesacker should be Arsenal’s player of the year

Richard Keys reckons that Per Mertesacker should be named Arsenal's player of the season after his FA Cup final performance against Chelsea.

Episode 97: Martin Keown doesn’t hug people

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon podcast, Matthew is joined by Paul and Sylvain to bask in the glow of Arsenal's 13th...

FA Cup star has awkward encounter with Arsenal legend who doubted...

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker had a somewhat frosty encounter with former Gunner Martin Keown in the aftermath of last weekend’s FA Cup final victory, reluctantly hugging him after having been heavily criticised by the ex-centre-back prior to Saturday’s clash at Wembley.

Alan Shearer: Arsenal brilliant against Chelsea, but must strengthen in every...

Alan Shearer has praised Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea, but stresses the need to strengthen in every department.

Chelsea manager offers refreshing grace by hailing Arsenal star

Antonio Conte was full of praise for Per Mertesacker after Chelsea’s defeat in the FA Cup final.

Rob Holding pinching himself over rapid rise from Bolton to Arsenal

From relegation with Bolton Wanderers to winning the FA Cup with Arsenal, Rob Holding has come a long way.

10 Arsenal players linked with a summer exit

This summer we could see a number of players leave Arsenal. We've had a look to see who could leave and how much truth there is to the rumours linking them away...

14 of the biggest surprises in Arsenal’s season

2016/17 was certainly an odd season.

Ex-Arsenal pundit: He was magnificent

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, was full of praise for Per Mertesacker following his 'magnificent' performance in the Gunners' 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Mertesacker confirms he will be at Arsenal next season

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has confirmed that he will be an Arsenal player next season amid reports he has been in talks with Galatasaray.

Arsenal captain makes alarming declaration before Chelsea show down

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he has never played as part of a back three in an alarming admission ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

One game, so many possibilities: Arsenal v Chelsea preview

After a forgettable 2016/17 campaign, Arsenal have a golden opportunity to finish the season in the best possible way, with a piece of silverware no less.

Long-serving Premier League club captain says he did his utmost to...

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he motivated the first-team players during their poor run of form from late January to March.

Could club captain start in this weekend's FA Cup final?

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he isn't all that sure that Per Mertesacker will start against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday despite the BFG being one of Arsenal's only centre-backs available.

Club captain has "no idea" if he's fit enough for Saturday's...

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker recently admitted he has no idea if he's fit enough to play the FA Cup final this weekend.

Big European side 'in talks' with Arsenal captain

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker could leave the club this summer with Turkish giants Galatasaray interested, reports suggest.

Arsenal captain: Football is full of honey-lickers and yes-sayers

Per Mertesacker has done an interview with former side Werder Bremen on friendships. his bond with the retiring Clemens Fritz and why football is 'very often superficial'.

Mesut Ozil lined up for Per Mertesacker charity game

Per Mertesacker is set to play in a charity match on June 3 in Hanover, Germany with Mesut Özil possibly also featuring.

Why three at the back suits Arsenal’s aggressive defenders

Arsenal’s switch to a back three has added some much needed defensive solidity as we enter the final stretch of the season.

Arsenal leader - Stop talking about Sanchez!

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker faced some tough questions on Monday during Arsene Wenger's pre-Bayern presser.

Arsenal captain - We literally blew it

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker joined Arsene Wenger during his press conference ahead of the Bayern Munich match.

German Arsenal star admits things are tense

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has admitted that it's a little bit tense over in the Arsenal camp at the moment.

German star - It's a blessing to be at Arsenal

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal shares a joke with Danny Welbeck of Arsenal after the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on November 29, 2014 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Per Mertesacker has described being at Arsenal as a "blessing" following his return to the first team squad.

Arsenal forward - This teammate kept me smiling through 'dark place'

Danny Welbeck has revealed that club captain, Per Mertesacker, helped him through a ‘dark place’ when he was out with his most recent knee injury.

Arsenal captain tells team exactly what they need to hear

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has stated the obvious by telling Arsenal they need to get better defensively but at least he didn't sugar-coat things.

Arsenal captain ‘That really bothered us’

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed that Arsenal training has been ‘very aggressive’ this week as the side work hard on the issues raised in the last few games and has called on the fans to get behind the team.

Arsenal remove right-back from Champions League squad

Carl Jenkinson
Arsenal face Bayern Munich on 15 February in the first leg of the Champions League knock-out stages and the Gunners have now submitted their squad with a few changes.

Two more return to full training for Arsenal

Arsenal team news
Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy have returned to full training with Arsenal.

Arsenal squad injury report

Arsenal injury
Arsenal go into their weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton with only four injuries - what is this?

Mertesacker – Nobody in the Arsenal dressing room wants this

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has used his programme notes this week to say how delighted he is with his new contract and to highlight how the team need to maintain their focus until the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger – There were no negotiations, we just did it

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has revealed in this week’s matchday programme that there were no negotiations with Per Mertesacker, they simply activated his option.

Arsenal man signed renewal 3 weeks ago

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal may have only announced Per Mertesacker’s contract renewal this week but they actually registered the new deal at the end of December.

Arsenal leader writes emotional letter for fans

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has taken to Facebook to pen a heartfelt letter to Arsenal fans after renewing his Arsenal contract.

Wenger delivers five positive injury updates pre-Burnley

Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi v Swansea
As Arsenal fans, we're not too used to receiving positive injury news yet, on Thursday morning, Arsene Wenger was all smiles ahead of our clash against Burnley.

Wenger explains German's new Arsenal deal

Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has revealed that it was an easy decision to extend Per Mertesacker's deal with Arsenal.

Confirmed: German signs Arsenal contract extension

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Per Mertesacker has signed a one-year contract extension with Arsenal.

Arsenal squad injury report

Arsenal injury
On Wednesdays, Daily Cannon looks back over all the injuries that the Arsenal squad currently has, so let's see who's available for Sunday's clash against Burnley at the Emirates.

Arsenal's summer signing - This player helps me a lot

Shkodran Mustafi and Arsene Wenger
Shkodran Mustafi recently told Arsenal Player just how much having fellow German, Per Mertesacker, at the club has helped him during his half-a-season in north London.

How Koscielny grew into one of the world's best for Arsenal

Since an unforgettable Premier League debut at Anfield in August of 2010, which saw him sent off in second-half stoppage time, Laurent Koscielny hasn't had an easy journey to success for Arsenal.

Unusual - Arsenal considering sending club captain on loan

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Arsenal are said to be considering sending Per Mertesacker out on loan so he can prove that he deserves a new contract despite being Arsenal captain, an honour he was only handed during the summer.

Why Cazorla/Mertesacker decision points to Wenger also staying

Arsene Wenger
Last week, Arsene Wenger confirmed that he does believe that Arsenal will extend both Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla's contracts by a year.

Wenger gives double contract boost

Santi Cazorla in training
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are most likely going to offer Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker one-year contract extensions.

4 Arsenal players now free to speak with other clubs

As we’ve now hit January, that means there are a number of players in the Arsenal squad who can talk to other clubs as their contracts expire in the summer.

Mertesacker – I noticed a lot of fans getting frustrated with...

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has spoken to the matchday programme about the frustration Arsenal fans feel – over timewasting by opposition players!

Arsenal injury run down – Who, what & when

Arsenal injury
With Arsenal's busy festive period well and truly underway, let's take a look at the players out and when we can expect them back.

Arsenal leader – I wasn’t happy when Arsenal did this

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal’s captain, Per Mertesacker, has told the official matchday programme, that he wasn’t happy with how his Arsenal side fought in their last two Premier League matches.

Watch: Arsenal stars do weird things with snowmen and Christmas trees

Olivier Giroud v Bournemouth
It's almost Christmas, which only means one thing.

German - This is what being Arsenal captain means to me

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed how much being Arsenal captain means to him.

Key Arsenal defender faces late fitness test ahead of Stoke City

Hector Bellerin
Arsene Wenger revealed that there are no new injuries going into Arsenal's Premier League clash against Stoke City.

4 back - Arsenal get massive injury boost as FOUR return...

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Arsenal have welcomed back four players to training – Olivier Giroud, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker and Chuba Akpom.

Injured Arsenal star 'proud'

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
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.

Wenger welcomes injured defender back

Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has welcomed Per Mertesacker back to the club after a treatment break in Germany, praising his mental leadership.

‘We miss him’ says Arsenal senior defender

Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere
Per Mertesacker has revealed that Jack Wilshere is being missed in the Arsenal dressing room this season.

Arsenal hopeful Bellerin deal second of five to be signed

Arsenal fans were overjoyed on Monday when Hector Bellerin himself announced that he had signed a new deal with the club.

Arsenal man delighted with rehab

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker is pleased with how his rehab is going.

Arsenal linked with 26-year-old Manchester United star - here's why it...

Arsenal have once against been linked with Manchester United centreback Chris Smalling.

Watch: Injured Arsenal defender works on endurance

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker is getting closer to fitness after a knee injury that has ruled him out since the start of the season.

‘100% I’d have joined Manchester United like Schweinsteiger’ says Arsenal defender

Per Mertesacker and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Per Mertesacker has revealed that he would have joined Manchester United if he’d been in the same situation as Bastian Schweinsteiger, but admits he feels ‘sorry at what has happened to the player under Jose Mourinho

Arsenal defender – This is what I know about Wenger’s future

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed that the players have no clue about Arsene Wenger’s future and that the manager has told them nothing.

Arsenal defender admits wanting one more year at club but could...

Per Mertesacker has revealed that talks will be held soon with the club over a new contract but that much depends on his ability to return from injury.

Arsenal captain on Brexit and Donald Trump

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed that he wanted the UK to remain in the EU but also thinks people should give Donald Trump a chance.

Yoga helps Arsenal defender return to fitness

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed what he's doing in order to return to fitness: yoga.

Mertesacker – Arsenal fans would have been shaking their heads

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker admits that Arsenal fans would have been ‘shaking their heads’ when the side went two-goals down against Ludogorets, but has backed the team to be ready for Tottenham on Sunday.

Great news as Arsenal crock returns to gym after knee injury

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker is closing in on a return to fitness and looks well on the road to recovery in a video he posted on his Facebook page.

Arsenal defender outraged over media's treatment of Wenger

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker recently spoke about the media criticism Arsene Wenger faces and seemed absolutely outraged.

Arsenal German reveals club has not offered him new contract

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has admitted that although he desperately wants to sign a contract extension with Arsenal, no talks have taken place yet.

Captain claims Mesut Ozil can lead Arsenal

Per Mertersacker recently hailed Mesut Ozil's fine form, claiming that this can lead Arsenal to success.

Arsenal identify Mertesacker replacement – report

Arsenal are being linked once again with a move for Roma’s Kosta Manolas, a player they tried to land in the summer.

German admits he could leave Arsenal next year

Per Mertesacker admits that he's uncertain whether he'll be at Arsenal next season once his contract runs out but his fitness is his priority right now.

Mertesacker calls Manchester United treatment of Schweinsteiger ‘perverse’

Per Mertesacker and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Per Mertesacker has taken some time out from speaking about his own future to discuss that of his countryman, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Werder Bremen admit using Gnabry transfer to hold talks with Arsenal...

Per Mertesacker
Werder Bremen have admitted that they already held ‘initial talks’ with Per Mertesacker as the speculation regarding the future of Arsenal’s non-playing captain.

Arsenal leader wants January exit? What he really said

Per Mertesacker
Imagine my surprise when, after a few days off, I return to see headlines claiming that Per Mertesacker has said he will consider leaving Arsenal in January.

Mesut Ozil anxious for 'role model' to return to fitness

Mesut Ozil is keen for Per Mertesacker to return to fitness, claiming that his fellow German is a role model at Arsenal.

Defender claims his Arsenal career is not over

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker claims he has a feeling that his Arsenal career isn't over just yet.

Arsenal's German star reveals why he had no hesitation choosing Gunners

Per Mertesacker has revealed why Arsene Wenger didn't need to convince him to join Arsenal back in 2011.

Arsenal captain warns Gunners to respect Chelsea

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has urged his Arsenal teammates to respect how dangerous Chelsea can be.

Wenger sheds light on contract talks with German

Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has shed some light on what's happening behind the scenes with Per Mertesacker's contract and it seems that, according to the boss, the 'situation' has not been dealt with.

Look: Per Mertesacker photo up on Arsenal’s captain’s wall

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal may not have had a proper captain start a league match since some time in 2014, but Per Mertesacker has had his portrait placed on the captain’s wall despite being sidelined until the last six months of his contract.

‘This is the absolute peak’ says Arsenal centreback

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has written his first set of notes for the Arsenal matchday programme and it’s safe to say he’s more than a little chuffed with the whole thing.

Mertesacker ‘The captain’s armband is a huge honour’

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has taken to his Facebook page to say what a 'huge honour' it is to be named Arsenal captain.

Wilshere gives ridiculous reasons backing Wenger's Per captain call

Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has admitted that it was a ‘natural choice’ to make Per Mertesacker captain while Jack thinks it's great because Per organises the team dinners.

Media wrong - Cazorla NOT new Arsenal captain

Per Mertesacker
Earlier this morning we covered reports of an EXCLUSIVE in the Daily Star which claimed that Santi Cazorla had been made captain of Arsenal. It was wrong.

Cazorla to captain against Liverpool but is he really the permanent...

Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla is set to wear the captain’s armband against Liverpool according to the Daily Star with many papers stating that he has been made the new club captain.

Wenger confirms he won't make new signing before Liverpool clash

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal won't sign a new player in time for the Liverpool game on Sunday and that he'll have to look for an 'internal solution' to the Gunners' defensive troubles.

Arsenal injury update: 'Very good news' on Danny Welbeck but star...

Arsenal team news
Arsene Wenger has given injury updates ahead of our Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal team news: Mesut Ozil set to miss Liverpool clash, Wilshere...

Arsenal team news
Following Arsenal's 8-0 win over Viking FK on Friday night, Arsene Wenger gave a fitness update on pretty much every player who's ever played for the Gunners...

Analysis: Rob Holding shows exactly why Arsenal purchased him

Rob Holding
When the deal was initially announced, it was met with surprised eyebrows from supporters and critics alike, but he has already impressed.

Friday Arsenal recap – Wenger confirms hunt for striker, Mustafi and...

On Friday, we beat the MLS All-Stars, Wenger confirmed we'd be signing a new attacking option and we dug into the latest with the Mahrez and Mustafi rumours.

Wednesday Arsenal recap – Another deal done, injuries + transfer malarkey

With real football closing in on us and just an interlull away, the nonsense that is the transfer window is hard to pay attention to. Here's what's been happening in the last 24 hours.

Wenger confirms he will buy after injury curse strikes again

Per Mertesacker
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Per Mertesacker will not feature for Arsenal for ‘months’ after undergoing surgery on a knee injury picked up in Lens.

Monday recap: Boys in the USA, Lacazette update, Inter inquiry +...

Monday saw the Gunners jet off to the USA, as well as more developments in a few transfer stories.

Look: Arsenal key man out for five months

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal have embarked on their US tour but they're missing a vital person: our rumoured new captain, Per Mertesacker.

Mertesacker: No decision on Arsenal captaincy

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has revealed that Arsene Wenger has not yet made a decision on who will replace Mikel Arteta as Arsenal captain or, if he has, he hasn’t told anyone.

Player ratings v Lens: Young Arsenal forwards shine despite dopey defence

Our first pre-season match is behind us, how did our players do?

Who will get the nod v RC Lens? Arsenal train ahead...

A mixture of Arsenal players, senior and youth, trained ahead of our Friday clash with French club, RC Lens. So, who will get the nod to start?

Wednesday’s Arsenal Icardi madness, deals done and more

On Wednesday the transfer circus moved its monkeys from Gonzalo Higuain’s back garden and planted them firmly on Mauro Icardi’s lawn.

Questioning Mertesacker's captaincy and in praise of new anti-Chelsea rules

Paul Williams Santi Cazorla
Should Wenger take the captaincy more seriously and why the new conduct rules will hopefully teach Chelsea and Jose Mourinho how to behave

Defender expected to be new Arsenal captain

Per Mertesacker looks set to be promoted to Arsenal captain after the departure of Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal defender deal done, Bellerin agent mischief + more

With no actual football to talk about, real news is still very hard to come by out there. Over the course of the past 24...

‘It’ll be a joy to help him settle in at Arsenal’

Per Mertesacker can’t wait to help Granit Xhaka fulfil his potential at Arsenal, claiming it will be a ‘joy’ to help him.

Euros highlight Arsenal’s tactical questions

So; the summer's international tournament has concluded, with Portugal playing Greece to France's Portugal. Some reputations have been enhanced and others, particularly managers, have been...

Look: Arsenal prepare for pre-season by jogging around a bit

The Arsenal lads were back in training ahead of our pre-season on Tuesday, all looking dashing in their new training kit.

Hilarious: Per Mertesacker shows off his big sausage

Per Mertesacker
While his fellow Germans are off enjoying life in France at the Euros, Per Mertesacker, who hung up his international boots in 2014, has found other ways to entertain himself this summer.

Arsenal prioritise £30m Mertesacker replacement

Arsenal have allegedly identified Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as the man they want to replace Per Mertesacker and he'll cost £30m.

Are Arsenal set to replace Per Mertesacker with Atletico Madrid man?

With Per Mertesacker's game time dropping towards the end of the season, it was only a matter of time before talk turned to his replacement should we get rid of him.

Winners and losers: How Arsenal's defenders let the team down this...

The season is over, but who were the heroes and villains of Arsenal’s campaign? We’ve decided it’d only be fair to go through the squad...

Who should be crowned Arsenal captain next season?

With Mikel Arteta headed for pastures blue (allegedly) and Per Mertesacker spending less and less time on the actual pitch, is it time for Arsene Wenger to pick a new Arsenal captain?

Arsenal identify Per Mertesacker replacement

Arsenal are reportedly ready to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea for the 20th time this decade as we supposedly hunt for a Per Mertesacker replacement.

Wenger confirms Gabriel will replace Mertesacker; what's happened to Chambers?

Speaking on Friday morning, Arsène Wenger confirmed that Gabriel will replace Per Mertesacker in the team this weekend.

Player focus: Gabriel continues to stake long-term claim

Despite questions over his suitability at centre-back for Arsenal, Gabriel was effective on Sunday when forced on after Per Mertesacker's second-half injury.

The young man Arsenal have to build a new defence around

Top of the league, all was well heading into 2016 as Calum Chambers gave a solid first midfield start of the season and Arsenal beat Bournemouth.

Arsenal injury blow ahead of vital Manchester City trip

Per Mertesacker
Pulling up with a muscle issue shortly after half-time on Saturday, it looks like Per Mertesacker's season could be over. The defender has been reinstated...

Wenger to drop Giroud and give Englishman a chance - predicted...

Arsenal predicted lineup
After a flat display at Sunderland last Saturday, Arsène Wenger must be considering a few tweaks to his Arsenal side.

Ramsey and Mertesacker to keep their places, Giroud dropped - predicted...

Arsenal predicted lineup
A strong Arsenal performance on Thursday evening comfortably saw off West Bromwich Albion and Arsène Wenger must be tempted to trust the same players...

Arsenal defender: We needed this 27-year-old forward to win the league

Out of the title race, two Alexis Sánchez goals took Arsenal back up to third place on Thursday evening: what if he'd been on form all season?

Arsenal man treated being dropped as a learning process

Per Mertesacker
Not particularly used to being on the bench, experienced defender Per Mertesacker has taken his time out of the team on the chin.

Wenger to drop Gabriel, Coquelin and Welbeck v West Brom -...

Arsenal predicted lineup
Arsène Wenger's side didn't have enough cutting edge against Crystal Palace at the weekend and he might be tempted to make a number of changes as West Bromwich Albion visit north London.

Arsenal defender backs midfielder to get over 20 assists

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker reckons Mesut Ozil has it in him to bag over 20 assists a season when he reaches his full potential.

Player focus: Arsenal defensive pairing fails once again

After another disappointing performance at home to Crystal Palace, a lot of focus will be directed at what Arsenal did poorly during the game, and most of it should fall on the centre-back partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel.

Predicted XI: Čech and Mertesacker to face Palace, no Ramsey

Arsenal predicted lineup
After last weekend's collapse against West Ham United, Arsène Wenger has a lot to consider this weekend.

Wenger explains dropping international star

In recent weeks the Arsenal defence has looked a little more assured but that changed last weekend as the side capitulated and conceded an Andy Carroll hat-trick at Upton Park.

Per Mertesacker tells fish that water is wet

Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal need to be more disciplined defensively in a statement that was about as helpful as informing a fish that water is wet.

Nine players will leave Arsenal this summer - report

On Friday the Sun claimed that nine players could be set for the exit door at Arsenal when the summer transfer window opens.

Arsenal: Always too good to fail, not good enough to succeed?

As Arsenal try to fight end of season drift and secure a top-three trophy (see what I did there?) ahead of a recovering Manchester City, it's been a week of encouragement in some quarters and frustration in others.

Arsenal player: Mertesacker talks to me more

Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal
Gabriel recently compared Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and admitted that both centre-backs have different attributes that he can learn from.

Arsenal defender: I’m not used to being benched

Per Mertesacker has admitted that although he's made his peace with it, he's not used to starting on the bench so often.

Arsenal stall on new deal for German - report

Per Mertesacker
Arsenal are reportedly stalling on a new deal for vice-captain Per Mertesacker even though he only has a little over 12 months remaining on...

Pictures: Arsenal train ahead of Barcelona showdown

Arsenal players took to the pitch for their last home training session ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona. With Laurent Koscielny returning to...

Arsenal man insists Gunners can beat 'ultimate team' Barcelona

Per Mertesacker believes that Arsenal just need to relax a bit and the rest will follow against Barcelona. The German defended our performance against Watford,...

Arsenal’s full injury list ahead of Watford clash

Arsenal treatment room
Arsenal go into their FA Cup game against Watford with a number of injuries affecting their squad. Below is rundown of the treatment room and...

Mertesacker lifts the lid on his dressing room team talks

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he uses a different approach in the dressing room depending on who is speaking with. The club’s vice-captain, Per is...

Injury news: Wenger says he will risk players again despite Ramsey...

Speaking to the media about his team selection for Sunday, Arsène Wenger has confirmed that the squad should be strong. There were three players injured...

Injury update: Wenger says three Arsenal defenders could return from injury

Arsenal team news
Arsène Wenger has given Arsenal.com the latest team news ahead of the visit of Watford, and it's more positive than expected. On Tuesday evening, injuries to...

Injured Arsenal defender gives update as he boards bus

Per Mertesacker confirmed to James Olley that he should be ok for this weekend’s game against Watford. The German was taken off after he clashed...

Three more added: Arsenal’s full injury list + return dates

Arsenal treatment room
Tuesday night might have been good for Arsenal in terms of the cup, but when it came to keeping players fit, it was not. Three...

Good news, bad news as Wenger gives treble injury update after...

Arsenal team news
Arsene Wenger was not best pleased with his side’s 4-0 win over Hull on Tuesday night due to the number of injuries his side...

Mertesacker: We want to make fans proud

Per Mertesacker has spoken ahead of the North London Derby, claiming that the team just want to make the fans proud. Per is one of...

Mertesacker misreads fan's fury, says defeat ‘not end of the world’

If ever there was a time to walk away from Arsenal fans and not try to placate them, after losing to Swansea is that...

Arsenal captain urges fans not to be dramatic over Swansea loss

According to Per Mertesacker, our loss against Swansea isn't the end of the world. I love Mertesacker, we all know this. But this post-match interview...

Tomas Rosicky among Arsenal’s top earners

Despite being injured for the majority of the last few seasons, Tomas Rosicky reportedly earns £85,000 a week - more than the likes of...

Arsenal defender attempts to rally fans after loss to Barcelona

Per Mertesacker is proud of the connection he has with the Arsenal fans. From the moment the BFG signed for us, although some were unconvinced...

Watch: Arsenal players visibly gutted after loss to Barcelona

Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey were visibly gutted after our 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League. Speaking after the match, the two players...

Arsenal leader blames finishing, refusing to praise Hull goalkeeper

Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic has received a lot of credit for the goalless draw on Saturday afternoon, but Per Mertesacker isn't convinced he...

Chelsea legend to become Arsenal captain next season?

He's won everything in European football and he's guaranteed to play every Arsenal game, so could Petr Čech become the next captain of the...

Arsenal man admits Gunners 'need' injured players to return

Per Mertesacker has admitted that he's glad that Danny Welbeck has returned from injury because at this point in the season, we need our players...

Mertesacker and Chambers prove defenders don't have to be quick

All week long I heard people talk about Jamie Vardy and how Gabriel needs to play against Leicester City because of his pace. Speaking on...

Mertesacker explains how he handles the media

Per Mertesacker led Arsenal to victory on Sunday against Leicester in a game they needed to win to ensure they remained in the title...

Underfire Arsenal captain: Leicester and Arsenal both got lucky

Per Mertesacker returned, underfire, to the Arsenal side after Gabriel was ruled out with a thigh injury. The Arsenal captain (vice-captain, but stand-in for Mikel...

Injury: Arsenal suffer blow, defender misses training before Leicester City game

Arsenal injury news
There are various suggestions that Brazilian defender Gabriel will miss Sunday's crucial clash against Leicester City after failing to train on Saturday. Sent off against...

Monreal admits he knows what Gabriel needs to improve

Gabriel looks set to start again for Arsenal on Sunday against Leicester and Nacho Monreal has revealed that his Brazilian teammate needs to work...

Wenger hints at starting Gabriel ahead of out-of-favour Mertesacker again

With Mikel Arteta injured for most of the season, Per Mertesacker has led the Gunners out of the tunnel in most games. In fact, he's...

Predicted XI: Coquelin in against Bournemouth

Arsenal predicted lineup
After three Premier League games without finding the back of the net, most managers may be tempted to change the side about a bit. But...

Koscielny on his ideal Arsenal partner

With Per Mertesacker set to return to the Arsenal side on Tuesday night, Laurent Koscielny has been highly complimentary of his defensive partner. The two...

Wenger defends German after media criticism

After his red card against Chelsea on Sunday, Per Mertesacker will miss this Saturday's game against Burnley in the FA Cup. The German has faced...

Chelsea Inflicted Pain

Paul Williams Santi Cazorla
The Lightning Seeds once wrote a song called Sugar Coated Icebergs. You may not remember it, hell, you may not even remember the Lightning Seeds....

Wenger denies Sunday’s loss proves Chelsea know how to beat Arsenal

Over the past decade or so, Arsenal have really struggled against Chelsea. No matter who their manager is our wins have been few and far...

Analysis: Other players to blame for Mertesacker's red card against Chelsea

Per Mertesacker saw red fewer than 20 minutes into Arsenal's crucial game with Chelsea, but was he really to blame? There's no doubt the German's...

Wenger calls upon ‘respected’ Mertesacker to focus Arsenal players ahead of...

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will need Per Mertesacker to help focus the players on Sunday ahead of our clash with Chelsea at the Emirates. Speaking...

Defender reveals why he aspires to be like Arsenal star

It's hard to believe but Theo Walcott has now been an Arsenal player for 10 years. Since joining from Southampton in 2006, the pacey forward...

Defender urges Arsenal players to fight for each other

Per Mertesacker highlighted the importance of fighting for each other after our 1-0 win over Newcastle in the Premier League. The defender's comments are refreshing,...

You’re probably wrong about Per Mertesacker

The opinion on Per Mertesacker seems pretty divided, but there is a wrong side. That side is the one which chooses to use odd platitudes...

Arsenal defender explains why the team wins big games now

Another counter-attacking performance saw Arsenal defend well in a big game and come out on top as a result. Sitting back and allowing Manchester City...

Arsenal defender: "It's not about me, it's about the club"

With Mikel Arteta frequently sidelined by injury, the duty to lead the team out onto the pitch is often Per Mertesacker's. That's fine, as you don't...

Watch: Arsenal players take part in strange game involving a plastic...

Arsenal players do some pretty weird things, especially for the YouTube channel. One of the most recent strange things we've done is take part in...

Watch: Arsenal stars show off silky skills in new game

Recently I got the chance to attend a Footpool event at London Colney on behalf of Citroen. Essentially, it's exactly how it sounds. The rules...

Video: Mertesacker features in video with Xavi and Zidane

Per Mertesacker is a bit of a surprise inclusion in a new Adidas video prompting people to ‘Be the difference’. Featuring Xavi and Zinedine Zidane,...

Arsenal man hails huge defensive performance

A big night in Greece saw Arsenal come out on top, winning 3-0 to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Going into...

How should Arsenal deal with defender?

Helen Trantum column
There’s only been one word on everyone’s lips this week at Cannon Towers this week: injuries. We spent approximately three times as long discussing that...

Does Arsenal man have unrealistic expectations for Gunners' season?

Per Mertesacker believes now is the time for Arsenal to go and win the league but do we really have a chance considering recent...

Should Premier League have Christmas break? Arsenal man says no

Per Mertesacker is a proper trooper and has insisted that unlike the majority of foreign players who come over to the Premier League, he...

German 'delighted' with Arsenal's 'convincing' performance against Dinamo Zagreb

Our giant German, Per Mertesacker, was delighted with our performance in our 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday. Recent results...

Arsenal man urges teammates to deliver against Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal's chances of actually progressing to the knock-out stages of the Champions League are slim-to-none at the moment but Per Mertesacker still wants us...

Arsenal star claims footballers have no right to complain about fatigue

Per Mertesacker has shown his professionalism once against after our lacklustre draw against Spurs in the Premier League by claiming footballers have no right...

Mertesacker hails Gibbs for his ‘energy from bench’

Per Mertesacker has praised fellow defender Kieran Gibbs after he came on and scored against Spurs on Sunday. Arsenal were 1-0 down and weren't exactly...

Arsenal man admits Gunners won 'good point' against Tottenham Hotspur

Per Mertesacker has been serving up a portion of cold, hard reality after our 1-1 draw against Spurs and admitted that we won a...

Watch: Arsenal captain accuses team of playing without courage against Bayern...

A visibly dejected Per Mertesacker spoke after our 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich and claimed that Arsenal played without courage. The captain looked exhausted in...

Fringe players let youngsters down in difficult circumstances

The fringe players did not cover themselves in glory on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday. They certainly comforted Wenger’s opinion that they aren't as good as the...

Team news: Cech to start against Sheffield Wednesday, Mertesacker back

Arsenal team news
Petr Cech will start in goal for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday in the  Capital One Cup while Per Mertesacker has recovered from illness. Speaking to...

Mertesacker reveals how Arsenal stopped Bayern Munich's goal machine

Robert Lewandowski is currently on fire for Bayern Munich but against Arsenal, he failed to score. Per Mertesacker said after the match that this was no...

Mertesacker stresses importance of defending against Bayern Munich

Per Mertesacker has praised Arsenal's defensive performance against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. The Bundesliga team had previously scored in every match and failed to...

Mertesacker hails fan support against Bayern Munich

Per Mertesacker took to Twitter following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich to hail the support from the fans during the match. The win wasn't...

Arsenal defender shuts up critics with massive performance

Vice-captain Per Mertesacker led the team out against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, before delivering one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt. The German...

Why Mertesacker is speaking truth when he says defenders are scared...

Per Mertesacker recently spoke about Theo Walcott's time in front of goal and claims he believes opposition defenders are scared of him. Theo is having...

Watch: Mertesacker – England are one of Germany’s greatest rivals

Before going away on national duty for Germany, Per Mertesacker spoke about his country, what makes it great and rivalry. Surprisingly, when listing rivals, the...

Arsenal defender welcomes squad depth

Arsenal's squad depth is better this year than it has been for quite some time. Despite missing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker against Liverpool earlier...

German thinks young Arsenal defender could become one of the best

Back in September, Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker made his return to the team at White Hart Lane after weeks out. The first game he missed due...

Mertesacker: We want to give fans more 'special moments' like Manchester...

Per Mertesacker has looked back on the 3-0 win against Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday and admitted that the team want and...

Gabriel heaps praise on fellow Arsenal defenders

Gabriel has taken to life at Arsenal without a worry. Now into his first full season, the defender has had a fantastic start. The red...

Mertesacker wants to replicate Manchester United performance

  Three goals to the good within twenty minutes and a clean sheet intact when the final whistle blew, Sunday was just about perfect. Arsenal welcomed...

Arsenal defender pleased with understanding at the back

A clean sheet against Manchester United on Sunday was only Arsenal's second in the fixture since May 2011. The clubs have played each other ten...

Arsenal man admits Gunner's defensive performance v Manchester United could have...

Although Arsenal stormed to a 3-0 win against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, Per Mertesacker still believes there are improvements which...

Mertesacker: Arsenal have realised what we’re capable of against Manchester United

Captain Per Mertesacker hailed Arsenal's performance against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday and admitted that sometimes we need reminding of just...

Mertesacker applauds ‘vital’ Arsenal win over Manchester United

Per Mertesacker stepped in for the injured Laurent Koscielny in Sunday's match against Manchester United and described the 3-0 win as 'vital' for our...

BFG: We want to show ‘real’ Arsenal against Bayern Munich

Per Mertesacker has insisted that Arsenal's 3-2 loss against Olympiacos at home wasn't the 'real' Arsenal and that against Bayern Munich we have a...

Arsenal defender explains what he wants from Manchester United game

Arsenal must get over Tuesday's Champions League disappointment quickly with a huge Premier League game on the horizon. Arsène Wenger's side are bottom of Group...

Arsenal defender criticises indisciplined performance

After a second consecutive defeat, Arsenal are on the brink of heading out of the Champions League. The Gunners followed up the 2-1 loss to...

Mertesacker: Spurs win helped boost our confidence ahead of Leicester

Per Mertesacker has claimed that Arsenal's midweek win over Tottenham helped lift their confidence ahead of the game at the King Power Stadium on...

Predicted XI: Wenger to drop his superstars at Tottenham

Arsenal predicted lineup
It didn't pay off in Zagreb last week, but expect Arsène Wenger to rotate his squad again when Arsenal visit White Hart Lane on...

Suspended Gabriel could face Spurs on Wednesday

Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off on Saturday, and is expected to miss Wednesday night's trip to White Hart Lane as a result. The red...

Team news: Coquelin out, Per back v Spurs

Arsenal team news
As ever, Arsenal will be making changes for the third round of the League Cup. With a squad full of experienced players we will see...

Arsenal leader: My health will determine my future

Per Mertesacker could return from illness to face Tottenham in the kids cup this week. After spending 18 days in bed with a chest infection,...

Arsenal man slams teammates for not calming Gabriel down

Per Mertesacker wasn't at Saturday's game against Chelsea, but had some strong words for the referee speaking on German TV. The Arsenal vice-captain appeared on...

Arsenal man: Chelsea fans lack respect, and striker must be banned

Asked on German TV whether or not English fans showed a resilience against diving and cheating in the game, Per Mertesacker had some scathing...

Key Arsenal man says Wenger was right not to buy

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has backed Arsène Wenger despite the club's lack of spending over the course of the summer. Petr Čech was the only...

Per: Koscielny is jealous of me

In Germany there seems to be some sort of fascination about the song Arsenal fans sing for Per Mertesacker. Our "Big F***ing German" was a...

Video: Per introduced as BFG on German TV

Per Mertesacker was on ZDF on Saturday night as he was interviewed on Germany's version of Match of the Day. The Arsenal defender wasn't in the...

Gabriel could be key to Arsenal beating Chelsea

Helen Trantum column
Per Mertesacker is close to fitness again, but should he return straight into the Arsenal side? Our German beanpole offers height and anticipation, and of...

Arsenal boss says German is always committed

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could return to the side for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge, and Arsène Wenger has been praising his...

Team news: Mertesacker to start against Chelsea?

Arsenal team news
Following Wednesday night's disappointment in Zagreb, a number of players are set to return to the starting eleven at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Defender Per...

Chelsea legend: I know how special Özil, Cazorla and Mertesacker are

As Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Čech is used to playing against Arsenal. The Czech international has lined up against his current team-mates a number of times,...

Team news: Bellerín and Ramsey out of Champions League game

Arsenal team news
Speaking to the media in Croatia, Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Héctor Bellerín and Aaron Ramsey haven't travelled for the game against Dinamo Zagreb. Arsenal...

Mertesacker’s good week, bad week

Per Mertesacker has certainly had an eventful couple of weeks. Bed-ridden for 18 days with a viral chest infection, the Arsenal vice-captain was involved in...

Arsenal defender involved in car accident

Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has been involved in a minor car accident, but has not suffered any injuries from the incident on the M1...

Is Arsenal defender missing Chelsea match due to television appearance?

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker will be on German television on Saturday night, just hours after the Premier League game against Chelsea. It is almost a...

Wenger: We have to battle Bayern Munich

The Champions League returns this week and Arsenal are set to kick-off their campaign with a trip to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb. The change...

Wenger admits 'great defender' could replace Mertesacker

Gabriel started in the heart of the Arsenal defence for the third consecutive Premier League game on Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Stoke City. A third...

Arsenal stars wear matching t-shirts for birthday

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer celebrates his 70th birthday today, so Arsenal's Germans have taken to Twitter to wish him a happy...

Predicted XI to face Stoke: Wenger to shock us?

Arsenal predicted lineup
A rare thing, Arsenal saw an international break come and go with no new injury concerns. In fact, with Per Mertesacker returning Arsène Wenger now...

Injury news: Arsenal face no concerns ahead of Stoke clash

Arsenal injury news
Arsène Wenger has told the media that Arsenal should more or less be at full strength against Stoke City on Saturday. Speaking at his press...

Arsenal get double injury boost ahead of Stoke game

Arsenal injury news
Arsenal look set to welcome Per Mertesacker back into the side this weekend while Laurent Koscielny is expected to be fit to play despite...

Video: Chambers and Mertesacker prove to be quicker than Theo Walcott

During the Members' Day event at the Emirates Stadium back in July, three Arsenal stars took on Junior Gunners in a Scalextric tournament. Defenders Calum...

Wenger has finally found a new star for his team

Prior to the international break Arsenal centre-half Gabriel gave two impressive showings. Illness and injury ruled Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny out of the Liverpool...

Defender picks two Arsenal players in ultimate XI

Per Mertesacker has picked teammate Laurent Koscielny in his ultimate XI because he claims the two centre-backs compliment each other. The defender also chose Mesut...

Newcastle v Arsenal preview: Tyne to deliver

Four points from the opening three games of the season is not the start anyone expected. It's frustrating, as Chelsea have also stuttered and find...

Team news: Koscielny could return against Newcastle, Welbeck update

Arsenal injury news
Arsene Wenger has given the latest updates ahead of Arsenal's game against Newcastle this weekend. With Per Mertesacker missing the Liverpool game with illness and...

Key man misses training ahead of Newcastle trip

Arsenal injury news
With Arsenal facing Newcastle at 12:45 on Saturday afternoon, the team will travel up to the north-east on Friday to stay in a hotel...

Arsenal centre-back due to be out longer than expected

Koscielny due to miss out against Newcastle.

Defender wants Arsenal to be aggressive against 'title rivals' Liverpool

An opening day loss to West Ham United has already left Arsenal in a tricky position at this early stage of the season. The Gunners...

Mertesacker on mental hospitals, coaching and punditry

As a youth player at German side Hannover 96, Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker spent plenty of time helping out at a local mental hospital. It...

Arsenal man blames Petr Cech for breakdown in communication

Mertesacker highlights the importance of communication between the back four and the goalkeeper.

Defender admits Gunners lack communication

The BFG addresses Arsenal's shortcomings and what we did the improve against Crystal Palace.

Defender thinks Arsenal have good attacking options

It was the stalwart defending of Per Mertesacker which saw Arsenal over the line against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the defender was impressed...

Arsenal's defending pleases German despite another goal conceded

Per Mertesacker was once again his unique mixture of calmness and command in Sunday's win over Crystal Palace, but says there is more to come from...

Player ratings: Ozil runs rings around Crystal Palace

Ozil unreal against Crystal Palace.

How to solve Wenger's selection issues

"And here comes Alexis," my father bellowed as we observed Arsenal's acrimonious defeat at home to West Ham with equal parts dread and hangover. The...

Midfielder says Arsenal heroes have helped helped him settle

Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw last January, to little fanfare. Now a household name, having never featured for the first-team, it...

Star admits Arsenal have 'a lot of work to do'

Mertesacker believes the best step Arsenal can take is bouncing back.

Defender admits Arsenal lost control against West Ham United

Mertesacker described the loss to West Ham as a 'massive loss' for the team.

Player ratings: West Ham United nail over-confident Arsenal

West Ham took advantage of an overly confidence Arsenal in the opening game of our season. As much as this was a bit of a...

Mertesacker hails 'key player' Özil

In both Germany and England Mesut Özil has received plenty of criticism since his move to Arsenal. You know the kind of thing I mean. 'He's...

Özil admires experienced German defender

It is obvious that the Germans at Arsenal share a special bond. It's also really no surprise, Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker first played together...

Arsenal defender admits to arguments within team

In a recent question and answer session, Per Mertesacker revealed which Germans he would have loved to play with, our most improved players from...

Mertesacker: Community Shield win 'says nothing'

by Lewis Ambrose A strong defensive performance has come to be expected of Per Mertesacker, and he delivered at Wembley once again on Sunday. The Big...

Player Ratings: Arsenal boy runs Chelsea ragged

The Ox took the game by the horns and came away with Man of the Match.

Defender claims Arsenal should learn from Chelsea

by Nia Griffiths Sunday's Community Shield match against Chelsea will be a huge test ahead of the new season and Per Mertesacker can't wait for...

Arsenal stars excited for Emirates return

by Lewis Ambrose The weather is miserable but the Arsenal players are still upbeat ahead of their return to Emirates Stadium. This weekend sees Arsenal play...

Arsenal man admits team needs something extra to compete

by Nia Griffiths Per Mertesacker has made is clear that this season, something's shifted with the team and, if we can prevent injuries, we have...

Wenger puts faith in his defender

by Lewis Ambrose Last summer Arsenal signed Calum Chambers and, after the sale of Thomas Vermaelen and busy summer of Per Mertesacker, he played centre-half. The...

Arsenal man says new signing could be missing piece

by Nia Griffiths Per Mertesacker has spoken about new goalkeeper, Petr Cech, and what a huge signing he could potentially be for Arsenal. The BFG was...

Arsenal man believes Ozil must remain fit for success

by Nia Griffiths Per Mertesacker has revealed that his compatriot, Mesut Ozil, needs to remain injury-free throughout next season to really hit his stride and...

Arsenal leader explains why this year is different

by Lee Hurley Per Mertesacker believes the ability to get a full pre-season under his belt this year will help him immensely in the upcoming...

Arsenal captains love transfer

by Lewis Ambrose Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker are the undoubted leaders of the Arsenal dressing room, and are both thrilled to have another old head...

Arsenal defenders ‘feeling good’

by Nia Griffiths Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal returned to training on Tuesday and both seem happy to be back. The defenders both tweeted after their...

German national team snub Mertesacker

by Lewis Ambrose Per Mertesacker retired from international football following Germany's success at last summer's World Cup, and is unlikely to represent his country again. Sporting...

Midfielders and defenders have been "extensively scouted"

by Lewis Ambrose Arsenal have already signed Petr Čech but, with a month remaining until the Community Shield, it is unlikely that the club have completed...

Is Mesut Özil Arsenal’s most undervalued player?

by Helen Trantum Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So goes the proverb, and never was it more true in football – as Google...

Video: Arsenal fans vote for Henry's goal as the greatest

by Lewis Ambrose We haven't become a club famed for our aerial presence, especially not under Arsène Wenger. But running a poll for Arsenal's greatest headed...

Former Manchester United player bizarrely attacks Arsenal defender

by Lewis Ambrose Former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker has oddly attacked Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, in quotes appearing on the Daily Star website...

Mertesacker: That was unusual

by Mosope Ominiyi Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has publicly praised the young Guns who have contributed to an impressive finish to the 2014-15 season. Hector Bellerín...

Arsenal giant hails youngsters

by Nia Griffiths Our stand-in Captain for most of the season, Per Mertesacker, spoke recently about the contribution of the younger players to the team...

Surprising Arsenal man most accurate passer in Champions League

by Lee Hurley Nacho Monreal was the most accurate passer of the ball in last season's Champions League. Coming in with a passing accuracy of 96.89%, he...

Per Mertesacker BFG Wallpaper, Cover & Header

Our captain and FA Cup final goal scorer is the star of this wallpaper! He doesn't score very often and is often taken for granted...

Arsenal 14/15 School Report: The Defenders

As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the...

Arsenal drop below Aston Villa in Injury League final table

Despite a rough start, Arsenal's fitness has been stellar as reflected in the season's final Injury League table. Since the end of March, Arsenal have...

Hilarious: Mertesacker, Koscielny and Ramsey parody ‘Return of the Mack’

As we gear up for the FA Cup final this weekend, things are starting to get a little bit exciting. In that vein, Arsenal stars...

Arsenal favourite sends message to the fans

Per Mertesacker was one of a number of Arsenal players to complement their lap of appreciation after the final whistle on Sunday with a...

Mertesacker: It would be great

Per Mertesacker has revealed that the team don't just want to win the FA Cup for the sake of winning a trophy, they also want...

Guess who: Manchester man elbows Per Mertesacker

Marouane Fellaini is known for two things – his hair and his elbows. While he was unusually reserved during the game against Arsenal on Sunday...

Mertesacker and Arteta ranked most helpful

According to a selection of Gunners, Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta are the most helpful players. Apparently the defender and midfielder are both always on...

Arsenal captain picks out Manchester United dangerman

Per Mertesacker is already focused on Manchester united after the disappointment of Monday's night's defeat at the hands of Swansea. Hoping to repeat their FA...

Arsenal captain admits football is 'brutal' after Swansea defeat

Defender Per Mertesacker described the loss against Swansea City on Monday night as 'brutal' but was keen to stress that the team are still...

Mertesacker: We're not even close to Chelsea

Our leggy centreback, Per Mertesacker, has been speaking about Arsenal's title hopes next season. The BFG attended the Arsenal Hub launch recently and, while meeting...

Mertesacker: Sometimes what we're doing looks a bit 'weird'!

Centreback Per Mertesacker has been speaking to Arsenal.com about how our set-up during matches and admits that sometimes, he doesn't quite get it either. Talking...

Mertesacker: The two targets we want

Per Mertesacker was delighted with Arsenal's showing at the KC on Monday night. Hailing the display as 'encouraging' he was quick to point out the...

Mertesacker praises medical staff 'miracle'

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal's Big F'n German, gives high praise for getting him ready for this weekend's Chelsea match. Having been almost written off for the...

Mertesacker: It’s difficult to explain

Per Mertesacker spoke to the media immediately after the final whistle on Sunday. Being brutally honest, he revealed that this performance was an improvement on...

Injury Updates: First battle in Chelsea war lies in the treatment...

As Chelsea's match with Arsenal on Sunday draws closer, they find themselves without three valued strikers. The Independent is currently reporting that none of Chelsea's...

Arsenal team news ahead of Chelsea clash

Arsene Wenger revealed Arsenal's team news ahead of the Chelsea match in this week's press conference. Per Mertesacker, who picked up an ankle injury against...

Arsenal drop below Everton, Manchester United in Injury League

Arsenal are having their best run of form since 2005 and are seeing their best run of fitness per the recent Injury League table. 30th...

Injury Update: Defender a doubt for Chelsea game

Per Mertesacker sprained his ankle in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Reading. He was replaced with Gabriel in the match and Arsene Wenger said in his...

Injury update: Per Mertesacker's ankle 'not good'

Per Mertesacker is a doubt for Arsenal's game against Chelsea next weekend. The German defender was substituted in the second half of the FA Cup...

Mertesacker: Expect the unexpected from Arsenal

Ahead of our game against Reading at the weekend, Per Mertesacker has spoken about his love of the FA Cup and how Arsenal need...

Mertesacker: You are never perfectly prepared

Per Mertesacker is confident ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final that the Gunners know what it takes to make the final. With Arsenal strong favourites...

Coquelin stands out – Arsenal player ratings v Burnley

How did the Arsenal players do on an individual basis as they beat Burnley 1-0?

Captain praises energetic Spaniard after Liverpool performance

Per Mertesacker has hailed Hector Bellerin after the youngster shone against Liverpool.

Mertesacker hails ‘arguing culture’ for Arsenal success against big teams

Per Mertesacker reveals that Arsenal being embarrassed by the big sides last season made them bring back the 'arguing culture'.

Bellerin shines: Arsenal player ratings v Liverpool

Arsenal demolished Liverpool, but how did the players get on individually?

Mertesacker made honourary citizen

Per Mertesacker has been made an honourary citizen of his hometown, Pattensen near Hannover in Germany.

Three Arsenal Germans up for award

Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have been nominated for a German Football Ambassador award.

Mertesacker: Why Arsenal are so far from winning Champions League

In the wake of yet another disappointment in the Champions League,Mertesacker has called on Arsenal to work out why they are far away from winning in Europe.

Per Mertesacker: The best side went through

Per Mertesacker was downbeat but honest in his assessment on Arsenal's elimination from the Champions League against Monaco.

Wenger tries to predict the unpredictable

Going against all forms of logic and common sense, there is a real sense of belief amongst a lot of Arsenal fans that they...

Mertesacker: We weren’t up for it mentally

Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal can beat any side in the world and can consign their first-leg disaster against Monaco to the history books. Speaking at...

Who is strong enough to lead Arsenal if the captain isn't?

We reflect on an abject performance from the Gunners and the role stand-in captain Mertesacker played in generating not just a mountain but an Everest to climb in the return leg. 

Per delighted with the points but issues warning to teammates

Per Mertesacker was both happy with the win against Palace but concerned at how the side switched off towards the end. Read his comments here.

Five key moments that helped Arsenal win the FA Cup

Our defence of the FA Cup swings back into action this weekend. Yeah, meedja, look! We won something last season Yes, I know, you've noticed that...

Mertesacker accuses Arsenal of not being up for proper defending against...

Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger are very clear where things went wrong for Arsenal against Spurs. They explain more here.

Arsenal players tweet their celebrations after beating Manchester City

Arsenal finally won against a top side and boy did the players enjoy it. Tweeting after the game, a few of the players couldn't contain...

Wind affected Southampton’s first goal says Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker is not likely to win any friends with his explanation of Southampton’s first goal on New Year’s Day. In what was a sequence...