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Per Mertesacker | Defensemen

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

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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. Mar 4 - 10:18 AM

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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

The big German defender has come down with an illness and did not make the trip to Sunderland with the Arsenal squad.

Both Mesut Ozil and Mertesacker are ill but while the defender did not make the trip the playmaker did at least travel. As far as Arsenal's likely defensive alignment, Thomas Vermaelen is back in training but unlikely to be ready to start. This means that Bakary Sagna is likely to slide into a central role with Carl Jenkinson coming in at right back.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 04:16:00 PM