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Per Mertesacker | Defensemen

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

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After being rested for Week 27 against Everton, Per Mertesacker may be rested again for Week 28 in order to give him an extended rest.
Per Mertesacker looked rotten against Monaco last mid-week in Champions League action and overuse has been called out as the biggest reason given how frequently the German started for Arsenal after playing for the entire World Cup. To make the rest a meaningful one, it seems likely that Gabriel will start a second consecutive match as Arsenal travel to Loftus Road on Wednesday. The rotation has not been made official anywhere but it makes sense given what we saw from Mertesacker. Mar 3 - 11:01 AM

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Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were particularly poor as Arsenal went down 3-1 to Monaco at the Emirates.

With Monaco up two goals and having three away goals to their credit, Arsenal will need a miraculous performance in the return match to avoid being eliminated in the round of sixteen yet again. Per Mertesacker looked bad on Monaco's first two goals deflecting the first into the Arsenal net and pressing too high and being caught out on the second. Giroud failed to put two very good opportunities on target, let alone in the back of the net. Ozil was the bad Ozil again as he wandered lackadaisically around the attacking end and producing little. It was a disappointing effort all around from the Gunners and one they had better hope won't see them lose confidence in their Premier League efforts.
Feb 25 - 8:03 PM

Arsene Wenger needs Per Mertesacker to be his rock with injuries continuing to rock the Arsenal defense and in Week 9 that's exactly what the German was.

He certainly wasn't spectacular but he rarely is. More importantly the German World Cup winner was extremely solid. He blocked two shots and intercepted a couple of passes on the way to a clean sheet and a double digit fantasy performance in the Yahoo format. With Burnley next on the agenda there is a better than average chance that Mertesacker will follow up with another big weekend.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 03:19:00 PM

Per Mertesacker didn't deliver the sort of strong fantasy performance you'd expect in a week when Arsenal kept a clean sheet.

The World Cup-winner got a clean sheet against Aston Villa in Week 5 action and got to double digits (10) in the Yahoo format but it is worth noting that he was light on the sort of phantom points that turn a clean sheet into a big fantasy day. Mertesacker intercepted three passes and won a foul but beyond that there is little statistical evidence that he was playing that makes a difference for fantasy purposes. The outcome extends a trend for a player who is probably better in real life than he is as a fantasy option in most cases.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 03:22:00 PM

La Gazetta dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have beaten Juventus and Roma to the signing of Greek international center back Kostas Manolas.

With Per Mertesacker still recovering from his World Cup exertions over the summer and Laurent Koscielny playing despite a Achilles complaint, Arsenal's lack of depth at center back has been exposed early in the season. Calum Chambers has played well as Mertesacker's deputy but one more center back was pretty clearly needed to round out a solid squad at the Emirates after Thomas Vermaelen's departure. Reports from Italy indicate that Kostas Manolas will be that man. Well regarded after a strong World Cup for Greece, the 23-year-old has been linked to a variety of big European clubs all summer. If La Gazetta dello Sport is to be believed, the deal is done.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:09:00 AM

Germany XI: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Höwedes, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Müller, Kroos, Özil, Klose

A few noteworthy changes as Germany gets set to take on France: Philipp Lahm looks to be moving back to his more customary fullback position while Per Mertesacker is dropped in a somewhat surprising move. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose is handed a start.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Germany XI: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Howedes; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Kroos; Ozil, Gotze, Muller.

Again Germany trot out a False 9 formation with Thomas Muller being the focus of attention up top. Expect to see Miraslav Klose to make another appearance off the bench at some point, especially if Algeria manage to keep things tight.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Germany XI: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Ozil, Podolski, Muller

Lukas Podolski gets a start for Germany, who will have an extra day of rest and the lack of "the Manaus Effect" to their advantage. Veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger gets his first start of the tournament, replacing Sami Khedira
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Ghana XI: Dauda; Afful, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Rabiu, Muntari, Boateng; Atsu, A. Ayew, Gyan

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan leads the line again for Ghana who will be hoping for a win, though a draw would still give them a lifeline.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 02:45:00 PM

Germany dominated in every phase of the game in a match that was decided by halftime as they roll over Portugal 4-0.

The tourney's first hat trick goes to Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich, who had license to seemingly score at will and looks to be the name in bold in tomorrow's papers, but credit also must go to Per Mertesacker and the rest of the German defense for neutralizing Cristiano Ronaldo and keeping things tidy in what like will not be their last clean sheet of the tournament. Incidentally, the fourth goal of the contest was from defender Mats Hummels, who would later be forced off with what appears to be a potentially serious knee injury.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Arsenal players make up a full half of the non-Bundesliga contingent on Germany's final 23-man World Cup roster with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Lazio the other clubs outside of Germany represented.

Arsenal is the only club outside of Germany with more than one player representing Germany in Brazil this summer. With a side consisting heavily of Bayern Munich (7) and Borussia Dortmund (5) players, Arsenal are represented by Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski while Chelsea man Andre Schurrle is the only other Premier League player to make the squad. Miroslav Klose (Lazio) and Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) are the only other non-Bundesliga players in the squad.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky both committed their immediate futures to Arsenal as they signed for 3 years and one year respectively.

After a rocky start to his Arsenal career, Per Mertesacker has been at the heart of a very good defense over the last 18 months. Locking up his signature through what should be the prime of his career is an important move by the North London club to secure their core as they brace for a critical last two months of the season. Rosicky has been injured frequently since his arrival in 2006 but has found an important role as a spot starter and regular substitute that probably fits his injury-prone nature.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Arsenal take one point away from their scoreless draw against Chelsea (at Emirates Stadium) and now sit at the top of the table in a tie for 1st place alongside Liverpool with 36 points.

Arsenal controlled possession in a wet and windy affair while Chelsea were keen to sit back and attack on the counter. Each team had chances to convert in this one, but conditions clearly affected the players' ability to finish. Both teams will be happy with the clean sheet, but if you were hoping for goals in this one there's a bit of disappointment. Arsenal and Chelsea now have two days off until they play again on December 26. Chelsea battle Swansea at home and Arsenal will face-off against West Ham on the road.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker scored a headed goal that provided the difference between Germany and England in an international friendly.

The German defender was absent for the big match between Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League. In the international friendly between England and Germany, Mertesacker showed Arsenal supporters what they were missing by scoring a goal by beating United defender Chris Smalling to the ball. The goal came on the heels of another excellent shot on goal from Mertesacker that was well saved by Joe Hart.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Per Mertesacker is available and expected to start for Arsenal in their match with Norwich City.

Mertesacker is a strong option this week against a Norwich side who have netted just three times in the last six PL games.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 05:54:00 PM