If you forget about the FA cup final then I reckon most Arsenal fans would not be too fussed about whether or not the big World Cup winning Germany international would ever play for Arsenal again, as Per Mertesacker had been missing all season through injury and with his lack of pace there were not too many calls for him to be rushed back in.
We cannot just forget that Wembley final, though, because our BFG played a starring role in a game in which Arsenal were heavily fancied to lose against the newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea. Despite just over half an hour of league football under his belt the German played an absolute blinder and that suggests that he could do the same thing when called upon next season.
In an interview with the German press reported by Metro the Arsenal captain and centre back declared that next year would be his last as a player and that he will not be able to play regularly, so will Arsene Wenger just use him to give the other defenders like Mustafi, Koscielny and Holding a rest?
Per said, ‘I am motivated, but I can not play every three days anymore. I do not want to push my luck.
‘I told him [Arsene Wenger] I was tired, mentally drained. I’ve been thinking of my career, there’s nothing to it, I’m going to finish. It didn’t matter how hard I’d trained, I did not get a chance.’
To be perfectly honest I was seriously worried when I saw Wenger’s team sheet for the Wembley final but Mertesacker proved me completely wrong and proved his worth in emphatic style against a very strong side, so maybe Wenger will actually save him for this sort of big game next season. What do you guys think?