Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker wants to emulate Tony Adams

Arsenal new-boy Per Mertesacker is drawing inspiration from former Gunners captain Tony Adams

Per Mertesacker
Mertesacker signed for the Gunners last month Photo: Steindy

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker has declared that he wants to emulate Gunners legend Tony Adams as he prepares to make his Arsenal debut against Swansea City at The Emirates on Saturday.

The 26-year-old centre-half, who signed for the Londoners from Werder Bremen last month, labelled the former Arsenal captain as a “special” defender and is keen to follow in his footsteps.

“We didn’t get many pictures on the television but Adams was a legend. He’s a special one,” Mertesacker told Arsenal’s website.

“I always looked to Arsenal and he was one of the great defenders when I was 10 or 12 years old. I like the players [like Adams] very much and I have enjoyed seeing them over the years.”

The Germany international is expected to replace the injured Thomas Vermaelen for Swansea’s visit on Saturday, and the defender believes he will easily adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.

“I hope I can improve my performances here and get better and better. I want to be useful for the team,” he continued.

“It is a little bit easier if you have played a World Cup for Germany and I hope I can use my experiences in my career.

“It’s exciting to be here but I have a lot of experience in football so that is OK for me. I am very happy and I am very glad to be here.”

The former Werder Bremen defender also described his new club as one of the best European sides around.

“Arsenal is one of the top teams in Europe and I have been looking out for Arsenal since I got my first jersey when I was ten or 12. Arsenal has always been special for me.””¨

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