Mertesacker – I’m prepared for Wolves and we have to win!

The new Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker is ready and willing to face Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon, but he admitted that it is weird for him to be playing over the festive period!

“This time of year is a strange situation for me! I spoke to some of my ex-Werder Bremen team-mates recently and they have two-and-a-half weeks off now,” Mertesacker said.

“But I’m very glad to be here over the Christmas period and New Year – you get used to the English ways and it’s a special thing about the football here.