Wenger Speaks About Mertesacker’s Injury.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Mertesacker’s injury is not a light one and that the Gunners will have to play without him for quite some time.

Mertesacker’s ankle injury is not the first he had at the same foot and so he’s been shipped out to Germany where the same doctor will be able to have a look at his foot and perhaps fix him up again.

According to Wenger, Per will be out for at least one month. Thankfully Gibbs was back just in time to allow Vermaelen to go back in the central position, so just as long as no other injuries occur in the defense the Frenchman is safe.

“Certainly in the next month he (Mertesacker) will not be with us.

“He had reconstruction of his ankle in Germany before he joined us, and the scan did not look too positive.”

Arsenal will have a tough schedule in the following days so this injury didn’t come at a good time for the Gunners if there’s ever such thing as a good time for an injury. The Gunners will have to make due without him against Milan in the Champions League double and against Sunderand in the cup for now. It remains to be seen how long is the German giant going to be unavailable.

Van Persie Will Have To Attack Mertesacker Soon

The new question floating around the Emirates stadium is what will happen in the challenge between Arsenal’s striker Robin Van Persie and central defender Per Mertesacker when Per’s Germany will meet Robin’s Netherlands at the EURO 2012.

When asked about RVP’s opinion when he heard of the results, Mertesacker replied:

“He said he would be happy to see me next summer!” Per told Arsenal.com “That was the first thing he said after the draw.

“This is not a friendly though, it’s a tough game and therefore both of us want to go through the group stage.

“It will be very tough to stop Robin. [Sometimes he plays on the right for Holland but] I think his best position is in the front, in the middle. There he can use his unbelievable skills. He is so reliable in scoring goals it is incredible.

“It’s a good group, obviously it’s one of the best at the Euros. I’m looking forward to playing those big teams and players like Robin.”

Robin is likely to have Huntelaar by his side to help him while Mertesacker will probably pair up with Hummels in the attempt to keep the Dutch strikers as far away as possible and stop them from scoring.

Mertesacker Needs More Time. Should He Get It?

Arsenal’s centre-back Per Mertesacker reacted to the rumours which were saying he’s slow for the Premiership and told the club official website that even though it’s not easy to get accustomed to the English league he’ll prove his worth throughout the season.

“I’m feeling good and I think that’s the best thing,” Mertesacker told Arsenal.com “It was quite a short time for me to settle in and make the transfer happen – it was very close to the deadline so it was a tough month for me.”

“I think in England the best players in the world are here. They have a lot of strength, a lot of speed, it doesn’t compare to the Bundesliga. The technical [ability] is similar but the speed and the physical power is different. “

“If you have no pre-season with the team then that makes it more difficult. People think it’s easy to connect with your club, your team-mates, but it takes time. “

“It’s getting better and better and hopefully I can keep improving now. Let me play a season and you can get [the full picture] of my personality and my ability as a footballer.”

Mertesacker was the most awaited transfer of the summer as every Arsenal fan out there wanted to see a central defender come at the team, and he’ll surely prove that he’s a world class player after he gets fully accustomed with the Premiership style.

Mertesacker – We lose our confidence a little bit

Arsenal’s centre defender Per Mertesacker offered an interview for the club’s official website regarding his stay at Arsenal so far. According to the massive German all Arsenal needs in order to regain full form is more time, and he thinks they are heading in the right direction.

“I had to adapt very quickly. It has not been so easy but every game helps me and helps the team to get up to the next level. It is important to improve the performances. It is getting there slowly but I am very happy to be a part of Arsenal.”

“We lose our confidence a little bit. We have a team which has new players in three or four positions and I think we have to take our time. “

“But if we are coming back like this then I think our confidence will increase.”

“Confidence is the most important thing. If you look at the second half there was a little bit of nervousness but we were confident, created chances and they were forced into a lot of faults around the box. It takes time to score a goal. We are very happy.”

“We have won every game at Emirates Stadium since I have been here. That is a good thing; for the confidence and for everybody and we have to go on.”

Although Arsenal did indeed win every game played on the Emirates since Mertesacker was brought in, Arsene Wenger still has a lot of work to do with his team. The Gunners are now in the 10th position in the league ranking and they have a lot of catching up to do if they want to have any chance at a Big Four finish. The late departures of Nasri and Fabregas ruined Wenger’s plans for this season and now he is forced to improvise as the season unravels, at least until January when he will be able to transfer new players.

Wenger – I’m happy with what I see from Per.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger praised his new transfer Per Mertesacker for the performances he had lately and for the way he is getting used to the English Premier League. The German centre-back was accustomed with slower games and much slower opponents, and that’s why playing in the Premier League is hard for him. He must adapt to the speed and pace of the game and it’s not easy for a tall footballer like him.

“He adapts quite well, he is getting more aggressive,” said the manager. “I like him personally, I think he is a very intelligent player and he will be a big asset for us.”

“I don’t know if he realised how quick it [the football in England] would be but he has said it’s quick – relentless! But trust the Germans, they can fight.”

“New signings get judged very quickly but if the team doesn’t win then nobody is good – it is like that. The players who are mentally strong – and I think Per is – will get over that. I’m happy with what I see from him.

“Many times you know people judge your buys quickly but personally I am happy with the buys we have made. I’m not happy with the results we have made – that is completely different. I have heard that Song is a bad buy, that Henry is a bad buy, but over time they have been alright.”

“I inherited a fantastic defence but what people forget is that it was not the unbeatable [‘Invincibles’] defence, it was not the best defence,” he pointed out.

“People say we never had to build a defence but that defence with Lauren, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Ashley Cole was the unbeatable one. The four defenders we had were talkers as well.

“We have had quieter defenders recently but I think Mertesacker can be a talker. He will come out of himself, don’t worry.”

Despite the poor late performances of the club, there are surely some good sides to take notice of, and Per Mertesacker is one of them. When Vermaelen will finally be fit again and ready to play Arsenal’s defence will be a much stronger one. Unfortunately now Sagna is injured so Arsene Wenger will once again have to improvise something in the defence giving that Jenkinson is not yet ready to play week in week out.