Thursday, 4 October 2012

Suddenly Per Mertesacker Doesn't Seem So Bad After All?

Last season Per Mertesacker took a lot of stick. He was dug out more than a hole on the beach in beautiful Skegness.

I would bet that at least 78% of people I know had a pop at the German giant. Talking of bets, get great offers and free bets at FreBets

All the Caroline Flack he took was, in my own very humble opinion, totally bare bang out of order.

Big Per was hung, drawn and quartered before he even had a chance to establish himself in the side.

Why people judged him after just a few months was beyond me. But then football fans are quite fickle like that aren't they?  

Here, was a German international, with 42315 caps, and people wrote him off as fast as Kim Kardashian pulls down her knickers when a gangster rapper strolls past.

The amount of arguments I've had over Per has been astounding. But finally now, he is getting the credit he deserves.

Mertesacker needed a chance, and at the beginning he was never given one.

I know he looks odd because he can graze from the top of a tree. I know he probably turns slower than a tortoise in a wheelchair.

But he was always gonna come good because he is a great player. A player with brains.

He needed time to adapt to a different country, a country where football is fast and full of action. He needed a decent pre-season. And he needed a chance.

You don't play for Germany 42315 times without being decent.

We, at Arsenal, are lucky to have Per Mertesacker in our squad. Just as we are lucky to have Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci (cough) too.

Arsene Wenger has top, top quality at his disposal in defence. Three superb defenders and its difficult to leave one out.

The system we play means one has to sit out and I fear that Mertesacker will always be the fall guy.

I think he should be first-choice but I'm not Arsene am I? I don't pick the team, I just play Football Manager 2012.

Per brings the kind of calm to the back-line that only Herbal Tea from one of them Chinese shops in the high-street can provide.

He calms Thomas or Laurent down and brings the best out of them. Either of them. Like a soothsayer.

I love all three of them. In fact, I wish they were all my children. But of the three I would choose Per over the other two to start. All day long.

Competition is fine and good. It's healthier than an apple a day. We have that now at Arsenal.

But all those doubters out there, the people that said Per was pony, suddenly he doesn't seem so bad now does he?

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Anonymous said...

Why cant all three play Kos & Mert at centre back hopefully some of Merts positioning would rub off on Kos and play TV5 just ahead allowing him to bomb forward on the odd occasion without leaving a big hole behind him

Cpt BlackBeard said...

Poor Per, I always felt he was decent, not sure why people were so hard on him. Yes theres a lack of pace, but he reads the game very well, and his distribution from the back is first class. Always simple, always makes the pass.
You wont find him surging through mid-field from the back but he keeps it simple and plays sensible passes. Rather than than playing the fans and managers heart rate by pussyfooting around ala Vermaelen/Kozza.

Anonymous said...

He was always going to get that stick at the beginning of his arsenal carer just like giroud is receiving now, but just like per is showing us, giroud will do the same these ,players just need time to adjust to the speed of our league. Per is a giant in defence and he is needed to keep tabs on kosh and Verm as they are the same type of player who like to bomb forward and leave gaps at the back.

Arty said...

Nice article. Per is a class player and is bringing calmness, stability and authority to our defence. And yes, we're going to notice when he's not there. Hopefully, it won't cost us too much in the way of goals or points when he's absent.

Unfortunately, to many Arsenal fans are a little to quick to criticise. I for one am very happy with the bunch of player's we've bought since last year. They're all quality and will only improve with time on the pitch. We're looking stronger now than we have for a long time.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Arsenal fans are too quick to rush to judgment. I went to the Southampton game and Jenkinson was getting a shedload of abuse and yet has played really well this season. And don't start me off on the abuse Ramsey was getting last season...

Anonymous said...

I honestly believe that of our 3 main defenders, vermaelen is the worst defender. However since he brings a fire and scoring ability from the back he starts.

One thing I've been wondering is that if wenger will have the courage to drop tv5 even if he's playing poorly even though he's captain.

frank wilcox said...

Per,is stoic class,calmness and brains!!!! we need this on the pitch,constantly

Anonymous said...

i was one of the give the guy this season and he repaid my belief that he could become good.... trouble is he will need games to stay cconsistant i feel he would struggle to pick up the pace agin after sitting on th ebench and then mistakes can happen. I said to omy mate who last season and the summer said "get rid" would we have let in either goal that we did against chelski with merts there? NO

WC said...

I've been saying ever since we bought him that Per will come good but all anyone ever focused on was how slow he was. Guess what? So it John Terry but you can't deny that JT is still one of the best central defenders in the league despite what you think about him as a person. In football, brains can overcome brawm just ask Barcelona. Per might not be Theo Walcott fast but he knows where he needs to be when and he's still valued in a German national team which is all about speed and quickness of movement. While he may not be at the forefront of the German defense like he used to be his experience is still invaluable as they brought him to the Euros despite not even playing at all towards the tail end of last season.

Right now our best central defense is Per plus other, not Kos/TV5.

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