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[VIDEO] Look Away Now Gooners: Mertesacker Given The Run-Around By Polish Attack

Arsenal fans might not have been too impressed by the performance of new signing Per Mertesacker when he turned out for Germany as they drew 2-2 with Poland in mid-week. The giant defender was found wanting on more than one occasion as the Polish attack passed him by with relative ease. Watch the videos below, the first incident of note involving Mertesacker happened around 1:40 in and the second on 3:15…



  1. steve

    September 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    would everyone stop slaggin him for this ONE game.

    get a life

  2. Arsenal Norway

    September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Dont want to look away at chezzer’s performance 😉 He is amazing!!!

  3. Duane

    September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    where exactly??

  4. Vegard

    September 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    anyone notice how awesome Szczesny is? 😀

  5. oz

    September 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    in a meanless game with a makeshift german team big news well done.

  6. Tofic addis

    September 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I believe in arsene…….

  7. Davi

    September 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Mertesacker didn’t look that bad. Terrible on one or two of the Poland attacks, but not really culpable on the others. It looked like the German defence hasn’t played much together before, and they weren’t on the same wavelength.

  8. ArsenalPhysio

    September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I blame the Right Backs Positioning and lack of discipline in both situations also he is tracking back from a counter attack he is probabley the cover defender meaning he is not supposed to attack the ball and seeing that there was no one to close down the runners he was forced to make a decision that a Defensive Mid or a stopper defender should have made. Do not judge him on one performance.

  9. Loh

    September 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I had a look at the 2 incidents cited here and on both occasions, i agree with ArsenalPhysio. He was the covering defender and on both occasions, i think it was the RB that loss the runners which probably exposed the CB to the counter attack. Of course, my slight concern now is this might happen with Arsenal considering we have a real “attacking” LB in Santos.

  10. Loh

    September 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Nevertheless, it’s unfair to judge Per based on 1 game. Give him some time to show what he can do for us in an Arsenal jersey before we draw conclusions! He is an experienced international and you don’t play 76 times for your country, especially if it’s Germany, if you are lousy!

  11. Alf

    September 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Talk about making a storey out of nothing but obviously the “reporter” is a spud

  12. Edub

    September 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Why would Arsenal fans want to look away!? It wasn’t an Arsenal game. He will be ready come Saturday. Great goalkeeping! Arsenal owe someone a beating!

  13. shooy

    September 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Don’t get the second one. He covered his player, showed him to the outside and was let down by his full back not covering the other Pole! First one he was left covering two Poles and got caught out a bit in no man’s land. But where was his full back (again)? He was out of position in an out of shape back four for the first Polich goal and has to take some blame for that. But give the incisive Polish counter attack some credit too. I’m not losing any sleep on the basis of that clip that’s for sure.

  14. Tokio

    September 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    What a great performance of Arsenal’s goalkeeper at 3rd minute of video!

  15. lewis

    September 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    mert was plating next to Jerome Boateng…enough said surely?

    Szezesny is an absolute beast

  16. Zac

    September 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Why do Spuds post crap titles to ruin a good vid like this? Why not just rename it Wenger was right not to pay stupid money on 47yr old over rated Mark Shwarzer, and Shay “no better than Almunia” Given…….. when we got Chezzzzza!!
    Also..Merts wasn’t totally at fault for any of the goals either, the future is bright Gooners!

  17. gunner angel

    September 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I think the guy is good,pls fellow gunners let’s give him full support & see how he performs in nest march,cuz “GUNNERS” are ”

  18. Tony

    September 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    We were all aware of Mertesacker’s lack of ability before and when Arsenal signed him so whats the big deal now?

  19. gunner angel

    September 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    With per,
    any crossing in our box is waste Haaa!!! Haaaaa!!!! , pls fellow gunners let’s give him full support & see how he performs in nest march,cuz “GUNNERS” are ”

  20. yehboi

    September 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

    He will do fine. just because he was the only arsenal player NOT to have amazing performance in their international game doesn’t mean shit. he will be good

  21. Zgooner

    September 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

    TOTAL BS STORY. In fact, from watching the clips I realize Per has better pace that it has been portrayed by some people.

  22. Guna

    September 9, 2011 at 1:32 am

    this guy is exactly what afc need in a defender, tall, strong and experienced. cant wait to see him in the Red and white 🙂 c’mon u gunners!!!

  23. AcGooner

    September 9, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Schesny was superb. Per was good for some friendly game. No falt in both occasions. Blogger, thanks for the video and stop being such a moron. LOL

  24. Adebisi adeniji osogbo

    September 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

    At 26, u can not get 77 cap under ur belt in german national team if u are a seem our enemy have seen that we ve gotten it right defensively this season, so they quickly want 2 run him down forgetting that he is experience enough to wheather the storm, so british press stop whining and off our back.he is no cahil by all standard

  25. jeremy

    September 9, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Really little ANY defender can do in a two against one situation, and in both this cases the right back is slow getting back hence there is a runner out wide and the guy on the ball, you run to the guy with the ball he wil pass the ball to the other guy if you man the runner the guy on the ball has space to run and shoot… what could Mer do? this critics should tell us.

  26. Daniyal Mufti

    September 9, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for the video! It actually puts me more at ease, I was actually buying the whole mertersacker is crap band wagon for a while. The second moment was a player beating the fullback. Per could do nothing about that. The first maybe he turned at the wrong moment but it was still about a faster player sitting on the shoulder. The fullback and the DM should have been covering. thanks again!

  27. No

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Anyone would think he was lacking match fitness or something.

    That or you’re just a trolling, hit-seeking tosspiece.

    Which’ll it be then folks?

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