3. Mai Per Mertesacker ist als Fußballer Weltmeister geworden. Dabei war seine Karriere in der Jugend fast schon beendet. Darüber erzählt der. März Nationalelf-Psychologe Hans-Dieter Hermann begrüßt die "wichtige Debatte", die Per Mertesacker angestoßen hat. Mit dem Druck normaler. März Das krasseste Geständnis des Jahres kommt von Arsenal-Verteidiger Per Mertesacker. Im «Spiegel» enthüllt der Deutsche, dass er froh war.
He played 33 Bundesliga matches in total, scoring five goals in the process. In the —11 season , Mertesacker made 30 Bundesliga appearances, scoring two goals.
Over the course of his final two seasons at Bremen, the Mertesacker received just one yellow card in 63 league matches.
In his first month at the club, Mertesacker started in every one of his available league and European matches since his summer move, battling on through the month with various defensive partners as injury problems mounted.
If the coach praises me then that is a great thing but I have to go on and keep on working. The Germany international helped the Gunners to victories against Sunderland , Stoke City and Chelsea — and was outstanding as Arsenal kept a clean sheet in the away victory in Marseille.
In February, Mertesacker suffered an ankle injury in the win over Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light and faced a long-term spell on the sidelines.
Prior to his injury, he featured in the draw at Bolton Wanderers and the 7—1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium.
He had reconstruction of his ligaments. So it will be long term. The German centre back was named man of the match after an excellent performance in a 1—1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
In October, Mertesacker continued to perform well, making four appearances and helping the club to victories over Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers.
He scored his first goal for the club in the 5—2 win over Tottenham Hotspur and was voted man of the match for his performance in the 0—0 draw with Aston Villa.
I kept standing in the box and tried to be lucky. The ball from Theo [Walcott] was very good and it was a good day to score. Mertesacker made five appearances in December, missing only the trip to Olympiacos in the Champions League and the home win over Newcastle United.
On being drawn against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 , he said, "We will face a good team in Germany.
They are top of their league and went through to the knockout stage in a phenomenal way. They only conceded seven goals in the first half of the season.
We will hopefully go through the Christmas period in a strong way. We can do that. We have a few targets in our team that are possible this year.
The centre back was on target in the defeat at Tottenham and was a key component in the defence that kept clean sheets against both Bayern Munich and Swansea City.
The defender returned to the team after suspension and was named man of the match against Fulham after scoring the only goal away at Craven Cottage.
Mertesacker impressed at the back alongside Koscielny in May. Mertesacker was named as the temporary captain of the side after injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta at the beginning of the —14 season.
On 4 March , Mertesacker signed a new contract with Arsenal. The match finished 1—1 after extra time , with Arsenal winning 4—2 in a penalty shootout.
He had earlier conceded the penalty that had put Wigan 1—0 up. After initially featuring sparingly due to injuries in the —15, he returned to captain Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley in a 4—0 victory over Aston Villa.
He scoring the third goal, a header, during the second half. After healing from injury, Mertesacker remained a mainstay in the Arsenal backline, playing alongside Laurent Koscielny.
However, he would sustain an injury against Lens in the —17 pre-season, undergoing knee surgery in his native Germany later that month.
He made a number of important tackles during the match and his performance was praised by opposition manager Antonio Conte , who stated that Mertesacker was a "perfect example for any young professional football player," adding that "what he did today was just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude every day.
At the FIFA Confederations Cup hosted on home soil, he played the full 90 minutes in all five games and scored his first international goal in a group stage match against Australia as Germany finished in third place.
At the World Cup on home soil, Mertesacker paired with Metzelder in central defence. Nevertheless, his impressive showing did earn him a transfer to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen after the tournament.
Mertesacker was first-choice when fit during European Championship qualification and was ever present in the final tournament itself.
Due to injury problems at the beginning of the —10 season, he missed several World Cup qualifiers but later retained his place as first choice.
Mertesacker regularly wears the number 17 jersey. Mertesacker was called up for the European Championship but spent the whole tournament on the bench as an unused substitute due to the emergence of youngsters Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber.
He broke his seven-year goal drought for the national team when he scored his second international goal for Germany on 17 October , in a World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
During the World Cup qualification campaign , Mertesacker contributed two goals and also re-established himself as first choice centre-back following a long-term injury to Badstuber in the middle of the —12 season, often partnering either Hummels or Jerome Boateng.
During the World Cup Mertesacker became an internet sensation after a video of his live post-match interview was uploaded on YouTube and went viral, amassing over 28 million views as of June Mertesacker was announced as the new Arsenal Academy manager prior to the season, officially assuming the position in July Mertesacker is a good defensive organizer  and a neat distributor of the ball.
Mertesacker met his future wife German international handballer Ulrike Stange in while both were recovering from injury at a rehab clinic in Donaustauf and began a relationship not long after.
In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel published in March , Mertesacker admitted to suffering from anxiety attacks throughout his career due to the "inhumane pressure" to perform, but had continued on due to his love for the sport and the desire to win silverware, and expressed his relief that he would no longer have to experience it anymore as he was retiring.
In November , Mertesacker established the "Per Mertesacker Foundation", initially to support the family of his former Hannover and Germany late teammate Robert Enke , who had just lost his young daughter several months prior.
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Spieltag, Borussia Dortmund — Hannover 96 1: Wenger and Mertesacker have had plenty of one-on-one exchanges over the years, albeit in rather different circumstances.
Still waiting to make his first appearance of the season after coming back from a knee injury, Mertesacker felt the need to politely make a point to Wenger.
But there will always be a chance. And you have to be ready. Six days before the FA Cup final and in the last league match of the season, Laurent Koscielny was sent off and Gabriel taken off on a stretcher.
With Shkodran Mustafi also sidelined because of concussion, Arsenal were suddenly without three central defenders. What followed was fairytale stuff as Mertesacker, playing in a three-man defence for the first time in his career, produced an outstanding performance to help Arsenal defeat Chelsea , the Premier League champions.
We need to get new players. And should I thank him? I just told him: Some people think you still have a chance but in this case I would say not many.
Mertesacker admits he had started to question whether Wenger had lost faith in him in the weeks and months leading up to the final.
But sometimes you forget. To battle through that was very good. Although clearly frustrated during his time out, Mertesacker was determined to contribute to the bigger picture.
Asked to explain what Welbeck was getting at, Mertesacker gives a fascinating response. Creativity is a big thing. I expect young players to be creative as well — creativity outside of the pitch.
Sometimes they have their headphones on and sing for themselves but in front of people they shrink, they have no creativity. I think nowadays you have to be like that.
What do you want from me? It was proper rivalry: But I want to keep up that dressing room where everyone is respected. Primarily you want to perform.
But sometimes you need to be not only the guy who talks and demands; you have to have that fun part in your life as well. Listening to Mertesacker and looking back over his distinguished career, it is easy to see why Arsenal wanted to keep him on at the club when he hangs up his boots.
So I made a point and also another. He knew, though, that the academy role merited serious consideration. He was a professional and he was in the transition at one stage for what to do afterwards.
Obviously he was picked by Jurgen Klinsmann to be his sporting director for the national team. From that day I knew him. He understood that I was a guy he could speak to because I finished with A grades in school.
We still have a very good relationship. He texted me back: But the most important conversation about the academy job took place at home. Mertesacker needed to know that Ulrike, his wife, and their two boys were comfortable with the idea because of the impact it would have on their lives.
Do you want to stay here? Do you want to go home?