Per Mertesacker has admitted that the last gasp nature of his move to Arsenal has taken its toll on his integration into English life, but stressed that he and his new teammates will soon prove their full worth to the Emirates faithful under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship.
The German centre-back, who moved to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, has so far done little wrong in his first six matches for the Gunners, proving to be a no-nonsense performer, while simultaneously escaping any kind of injury at a time when most of his defensive cohorts have taken to the treatment table.
Speaking while on international duty with Die Mannschaft (find me a better team nickname), the Teutonic Tony Adams fan told the German Football Association website:
“I still have some problems with communication, but given the circumstances this had to be expected. Because of the late transfer, I hardly could prepare myself
“I have only been gone from Germany for a month. It is hard to put all into perspective. Sometimes it feels like an extended vacation. Gradually I’m starting to get used to the fact that my life is now actually in London.
“I feel I am in good hands. Our team brings together many nationalities, we are a mixed bunch. Nevertheless, or even because of that the atmosphere is very pleasant, very relaxed. We have many new players, but I think we have found together very quickly.”
Having revealed recently that Arsene Wenger had contacted him about a move as far back as the summer of 2010, Mertesacker also expressed his full faith in the Frenchman’s late movement in the transfer market and his ability to guide the club out of its current difficulty.
“For years, Arsene Wenger has been the pride of the club. The manager would not sign a player if he was not absolutely convinced. He shows me that in the daily work. That knowledge gives a lot of confidence to me and the others players.
“Over there, he has a giant reputation and ultimate backing. To Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger is a hero, he won’t lose that status. We have a talented squad with a lot of potential and it is only a matter of time until we are able to show it.”