Arsenal legend Tony Adams backs Per Mertesacker to be a success

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams believes Per Mertesacker can build a "fantastic" defensive partnership with Thomas Vermaelan

Per Mertesacker
Mertesacker signed for the Gunners from Werder Bremen in August Photo: Steindy

Per Mertesacker

Tony Adams has backed Per Mertesacker to be a success at Arsenal following the German’s promising start to his Premier League career.

The 27-year-old secured a £8m move from Werder Bremen to the Emirates in August and the centre-half has been a regular presence in Arsène Wenger’s back four, making 21 appearances.

And Gunners legend Adams is keen to see Mertesacker forge a successful partnership with Thomas Vermaelen, who could return for Arsenal’s next game against Swansea City on Sunday.

“I’ve seen Per Mertesacker a few times now, he interests me and I think he is a good player,” Adams told Arsenal’s website. “I think he is very intelligent and he knows how to play central defence.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him because I don’t think Thomas Vermaelen has actually played enough with him just yet. But they could be a fantastic central defensive partnership and would certainly excite me. It’d be like going back to the days of Adams, Bould, Keown maybe.”

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