Tag: Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker played for Arsenal Football Club. The former German defender joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen in 2011 and retired as an Arsenal player in 2018. In total, the former Arsenal Captain made 221 appearances and scored 10 goals. The “BFG” wore the number 4 shirt. He was born on September 29, 1984. Mertesacker is currently manager of the Arsenal Academy.

Mertesacker admits he’s very sorry about Özil situation

Per Mertesacker admits he's 'very sorry' for the current situation with Mesut Özil, suggesting the player's focus may have changed.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Park Chu-Young of Arsenal is congratulated by team mates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s ‘Banter Era’ begins: Where are they now?

Earlier this week, Gael Clichy spoke about why he left the club, saying he wasn't the only one who left in the summer of 2011 because he didn't feel wanted, so I decided to see who else went during that window only to discover the start of the Banter Era.
Arsenal's French defender Gael Clichy (R) celebrates scoring the fifth goal during their FA Cup fifth round replay football match against Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium, London, England, on March 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ GLYN KIRK

Who? Former Arsenal star says lots of players felt unwanted at club

Gael Clichy has told the Arsenal podcast that he left because he didn't feel wanted and there were others who left at the same time who felt the same way, so who are they? Let's take a look...
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Said Benrahma of Brentford battles for possession with Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Brentford at The Hawthorns on December 21, 2019, in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Former Gunner explains why he's really grateful to Per Mertesacker

Semi Ajayi looks back fondly on his time with Arsenal, particularly what he learned from the now-academy manager Per Mertesacker.
Steve Morrow (Photo via Standard.co.uk)

Tottenham considering sacked Arsenal man to head up their academy

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly placed Steve Morrow on their shortlist as they look for a new academy director.
Pablo Mari (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Encouraging stat links Pablo Mari with former Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker

Pablo Mari is the first Arsenal centre-back to keep a clean sheet on his debut since Per Mertesacker, drawing another similarity between the two.

Mertesacker joins Ljungberg's coaching team: Gilberto responds to rumours he will too

Freddie Ljungberg will be alongside Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal dugout this weekend, but Gilberto Silva says he's had no contact over joining the team yet.
Steve Morrow (Photo via Standard.co.uk)

Steve Morrow and up to seven others in recruitment positions set to leave Arsenal

As many as eight members of Arsenal's recruitment staff are set to leave the club, according to reports.
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R), Arsenal's Polish-born German striker Lukas Podolski (L) and Arsenal's German midfielder Serge Gnabry (2nd L) during a training session at Arsenal's training ground at London Colney, north of London on February 18, 2014, one day ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg match against Bayern Munich. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / Getty Images

Germany boss confirms Mesut Özil recommended Serge Gnabry to him 5 years ago

Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker recommended to Joachim Low that he call up Serge Gnabry back in 2014 before the winger suffered an injury.

Mertesacker: Nothing changed after losing 8-2 to Manchester United

In his autobiography, Per Mertesacker gives a damming assessment of the latter days of life under Arsene Wenger, highlighting the bubble the players lived in and how nothing changed, even after the side lost 8-2 at Old Trafford.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Dejected Robin van Persie, Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal after defeat in the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on October 2, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Robin van Persie gets annoyed at Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker has properly wound Robin van Persie up and that is quite ok with me.

Mertesacker shocked at Arsenal's failure to get players in the England squad

Academy manager Per Mertesacker says he's shocked that there are no Arsenal players in the England senior setup, and he thinks that's something that needs to change.

Arsenal Academy manager doing 'everything in my power' to get Arsenal youngsters to Germany...

Per Mertesacker has revealed he's been trying to get Arsenal youngsters on loan to his old club, Werder Bremen, but he doesn't think he will be successful.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.

Per Mertesacker explains real reason why he took Arsenal academy job

Per Mertesacker says it's a 'great honour' for him to get the chance to work at Arsenal, despite the fact he was originally planning to return to Germany.
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)

Former Gunner says Arsenal can 'definitely' win the Europa League

Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker thinks Arsenal can definitely win the Europa League, and he thinks the team want to make amends after last year's elimination.

Per Mertesacker hints at potential deal between Arsenal academy and Werder Bremen

Per Mertesacker has hinted at the possibility of Arsenal's academy working with Werder Bremen, after travelling to Germany to meet with representatives from his old club.
Arsenal Emile Smith Rowe celebrates his scoring during UEFA Europa League, Group E, football match Vorskla FC vs Arsenal FC at the Olympiyski Stadium in Kiev on November 29, 2018. (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP / Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker explains why Arsenal let this exciting prospect leave

Per Mertesacker has explained why Arsenal sent Emile Smith Rowe on loan to RB Leipzig in January and implied there will be more of those kinds of moves in the coming years.

Arsenal defender signs new contract and admits he's always supported The Gunners

Zech Medley has signed a new contract with Arsenal, just a year and a half after agreeing his first professional deal with the club, as he continues his positive progress under Unai Emery.

Arsenal and Germany star admits the Premier League is better than the Bundesliga

Per Mertesacker thinks the Premier League is a level above the Bundesliga right now, but he insists at least two of the upcoming Champions League ties between clubs in both divisions are '50-50'.
Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish head coach Unai Emery (L) shakes hands with Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

‘Enthusiasm’ has replaced sadness in Arsenal dressing room says Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker has revealed that ‘enthusiasm’ in the dressing room has replaced ‘tristesse’ - a state of melancholy sadness.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Full throttle: Mertesacker explains what Mislintat and Emery want in a player

Per Mertesacker has been speaking, briefly, about the impact of Sven Mislintat on Arsenal's squad and what the chief scout, along with Unai Emery, look for in a player.
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Dan Micciche, Manager of Milton Keynes Dons looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Milton Keynes Dons and Coventry City at Stadium mk on January 27, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal hire former MK Dons manager

Arsenal have appointed former MK Dons manager Dan Micciche to be the boss of the u15s while Adam Pilling has joined to lead the u13s.

Arsenal managing director heaps praise on Per Mertesacker's start in academy role

Vinai Venkatesham, the new Managing Director at Arsenal, spoke to the media about the importance of maintaining a high-level academy at the club, and how Per Mertesacker is helping with that.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Edward Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Josh Dasilva and Reiss Nelson after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on April 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Number of Arsenal-trained players in Europe's top five leagues falls

The number of players trained by Arsenal and playing in Europe's big-five leagues has fallen this year, despite the current strength of the club's academy.

Venkatesham confirms former player has joined Arsenal's executive team

Arsenal's new managing director Vinai Venkatesham has confirmed that Per Mertesacker has joined the club's executive team, and the German is unlikely to be the last player to do so.

Arsenal academy boss offered new job - as confirmed by general manager

Per Mertesacker is expected to take up a role on the expert advisory board for the German national team, according to general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

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.
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)

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

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.
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)

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

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

Tickets for Per Mertesacker’s farewell match on October 13 have gone on sale with prices starting at €10 for standing tickets.
Santi Cazorla in training

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

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