Words cannot describe my love for Per Mertesacker.
He's got me right there, right in the heart.
I maybe nearly two years older than him but I love him so much I wish he was my Dad.
Well that might be harsh on my actual Dad so I wish he was my uncle. Or my brother.
Or just my mate.
When he first came to Arsenal people, including many Gooners, slaughtered him.
I felt this was very unfair.
I've always backed him, from the start, because many foreign players need time to adapt to English football.
The man had played 42811 times for Germany too, so he couldn't be that bad right?
It's a credit to Per that he has changed most of the doubters views.
In fact I reckon 99% of people would now acknowledge the fact that the Big Fu*king German is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Personally I'd go further. I'd say he's one of the best defenders in the world. Maybe even the universe. And not Universal Studios. I mean the real universe.
The man is probably the first name on Arsene Wenger's team sheet these days. That's how well he's adapted to English football.
I love everything about Mertesacker.
I love how passionate he is about Arsenal. I love how good he is. But most of all, I love how he doesn't need to ask someone to reach something off of the top shelf for him in Tesco.
When RVP left the Arsenal Thomas Vermaelen took over as captain. At the time I felt that Mikel Arteta should have been given the armband.
Nowadays I think the most suitable skipper for Arsenal should be big Per Mertesacker and I hope that Wenger gives him the honour this summer.
As I've said, Per is the first name on the team-sheet week-in, week-out. He, alongside Arteta, is the most influential, and tallest, player in the Arsenal squad.
Mertesacker is a leader. A man players look up too (literally) and I think he'd be a very popular choice among the squad, and amongst Gooners.
I've read that Per, when he was a (not so little) kid, was an Arsenal fan so he has the club in his blood. He loves the Arsenal. And I love this.
He has everything it takes to become an Arsenal legend. I can see him ending his career with us. And I can see him helping us to trophies.
Get a few of them, with him here, and Per would have gone from someone people didn't rate to someone who Gooners will talk about as the man in many years time.
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