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Per Mertesacker | Defensemen

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 198

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Per Mertesacker is doubtful for Arsenal's Week 34 showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates after picking up an ankle injury against Reading in the FA Cup Semi-final.
Would Mertesacker missing the Chelsea match be good news or bad news for Arsenal? At his best, Mertesacker provides a steady aerial presence at both ends of the pitch for Arsenal while committing few mistakes. At his worst, as he was in the loss to Monaco at the Emirates, Mertesacker's gangly frame and sometimes awkward gate allow smaller, faster, more agile players to give him fits. With Chelsea's attack featuring a number of diminutive attackers - Hazard, Oscar, Willian, etc - it may be a good thing that Arsenal are likely to start Koscielny and Gabriel at center back rather than Mertesacker. Apr 24 - 10:54 AM

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