Defender Reveals: ‘I Missed Out On Arsenal Move Last Summer’

By on October 1, 2011

Per Mertesacker revealed Arsenal wanted to sign him last year but he was forced to remain in Germany.

The former Werder Bremen ace was keen on a move to north London but the club didn’t want to let the German defender leave.

“I only knew about Arsenal’s interest three days before I moved,” Mertesacker said.

“Then Arsene Wenger called my agent and said that ‘perhaps you can be my man’ or something like that.

“I had to do what he wanted because, one year before, he asked for me and the manager of Werder Bremen didn’t let me go and I wanted to.

“I had to do it very quickly but that was kind of my wish to go to the English league a couple of years ago.

“It is totally different here, especially in training. There are more passing sessions every day compared to other clubs. There are the little things – games every four days, the Champions League as well, which is a great challenge for me and the club, and a very young team with potential.”

The 6ft 6in defender was brought in to add much needed experienced to Arsenal, with the German international boasting 76 caps for his country.

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