Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Video: Per-fect

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The Merte-backer – one of the all time greatest defensive moves.


I am starting to like this guy. Too good for the team.

Arsene's Waterbottle

Positioning! genius! He doesn’t even look like he is doing anything in half Of the video Who cares if he is a little slow. You don’t have to be fast when you are in the right spot all of the time.

Upper East Gooner

You’re right–it’s incredible how many times he intercepted passes. I wish we could surgically remove his brain and put it into Vermaelen’s head. That would be a fearsome defender. MWAA-HAA-HAA-HAAAA.

Highbury Shuffle

He’s one of few defenders in world football that have the awareness to pull off the classic tackle pass. Ive noticed it a few times but this vid proves how well and often he does it.

Another cracking video by the way!

The only olivier is giroud

I remember thinking when he caught so much flak: no-one who’s a regular starter for Germany is a total mug. He’s a quality, quality player, good foil for Boschielny.


Look at him sticking out that long, sexy leg of his preventing what was a certain goal/shot on goal. I wanna take him home.


Offtopic but the transfer market is becoming ridiculous. overpricing of players? and amazingly clubs dont care anymore, they will right away stump up the fee no matter how ridiculous it is. Here are a few transfer fees that are no way justified. £32m fernandinho (what has he done?) £32m Irralamendi (not a single appearance for the senior team and only 1 proper good season + too damn young £34 javi martinez (i mean come on, £20 at best) £50 falcao (he’s good but not that much) £63avani, £40 suarez etc with outrageous clauses. wtf Something needs to be done imo,… Read more »


and yet, there are bargains like aubemyang to Dortmund for 13m. BVB building great team with Henrikh (who hilariously spurned ‘pool).


I agree with some but Falcao is definitely worth the 50 because he’s probably been the 4th best player in the world this year. Javi Martinez was obviously worth it to Bayern but at the end of the day, a player is worth however much someone will pay for them.


The Per-iscope- can see things that are otherwise out of sight.

Los Polandos

A coach once told me: it’s far better to stand wisely than to run frantically. I remember this every time I see Per in action.


We should sign Culann Davies. He always comes up with “crackers” 🙂

harry rednapp

He cant run- he can just about jog but somehow he gets the job done. We gotta big f×××in german

Cyril Washbrook

Indeed, more than makes up for his physical limitations with his awareness, composure, decision-making and overall game intelligence.

Side note: as it happens, the evidence suggests that he can actually sprint pretty quickly once he gets going – his limitation is more about agility rather than ground speed.


Finally a defender who lumps it forward when needed. We did have a bunch of defenders who were too willing to play it out of defence under immense pressure but Mertesacker doesnt seem to have any qualms about lumping it into row Z when needed. Tactically and positionally very astute and works really well with Le Boss. Have always been a big fan. Heres to more of the same for the coming season. Up the BFG!


Actually he’s very calm and plays it feet. Even a lot of his one touch interceptions are directed to our own players somehow.


When needed mate. And I agree with you. He must have one of the highest pass completion rates for a defender. Doesnt miss alot of the passes.

hugo tremblay

Kudos to Cunnlan Davies. Brilliant videos. And the music is always top.


Gotta appreciate the positional genius that Per is. No nonsense type of defender.

New Arse

Mertesacker ,Podolski ,Cazorla , Monreal … Wengers recent buys have been good. More of the same please. . Anybody know who the music on this video is by?


When compiled so skillfully it’s easy to see what a great defender Per is.


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Paul OLouhlin

Really hope Ramsey gets a run of good form and confidence, cracking intellectual player.


We have a ‘Motorcycle’
Runs slower than ‘Wheel-chair’
Magnet for the ball he has
Defends our ‘Arse’ with flair!

Hope he strengthens his partnership with Kos and provide much needed stability at the back.


That is quite possibly the most ridiculous ‘thing’ i have ever heard. Must be hungover or something.



Lucky bastard, he got to touch it.

Rad Carrot

Look at his legs. LOOK AT THEM.

They stretch the length of the pitch. Unbelievable. He’s like the Colossus.

Best part of the video is watching the reactions of all the opposition players as Per intercepts the ball again and again; they all throw their hands up in massive frustration. I can just imagine them screaming “What does it fucking take to get through?!” Brilliant.


does he have kids? im sorry but he is the daddy long-legs


Its all about posistioning and intellience with Per.

I don't comment here often

And being able to tackle with your back.

Viva TR7

He was one of four reasons why we went unbeaten and against all odds beat Spurs to Champs League, YET again. The other three were none other than Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey. At the beginning of the ’12-’13 season, who the hell would have predicted that. Love the spirit, strength and skill of these guys and pretty much of the entire team.

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One of the most underared players of the premier league. The calming influence he has at the back, his distribution of the ball and brilliant timing makes Per one of my favourites in this team. It f***s me right off when messers Redknapp and co constantly criticise a player who has been exceptional for us this season. Long may the Koscielney and Mertesacker partnership continue. C’mon the Arsenal


Worth noting the amount of times Per plays the ball nicely to a team mate or otherwise knocks it out – for a squad that seemed so susceptible to fast counters and kamikaze defending, it’s really quite a joy to watch. He’s not perfect by any means, but then ‘complete’ defenders are like gold dust. That said, he’ll still bloody well do a damned good job.


I feel like I became a better defender just by watching this


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You dont deserve happiness if you dont like Mertesacker. Simple.

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