Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has laughed off recent comments made by Wojciech Szczesny’s father and has insisted that his performance against Stoke City proves that he is no rhinoceros!
Following woeful displays from both Szczesny and Mertesacker against Southampton on New Year’s Day the father of the Gunners’ goalkeeper placed most of the blame on the World Cup winner to deflect criticism away from his son.
But speaking on talkSPORT after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke – a game for which Szczesny was dropped – he revealed that he was entertained, rather than hurt, by Szczesny Sr.’s comments.
“I’m always laughing,” explained the defender.
“I know in football everyone has this opinion [that I am a slow player] and it’s very strange but Wojciech and myself spoke about the situation.”
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“It’s not easy for Wojciech either to respond to that but we’re quite fine now and the best response is to keep yourself calm and respond with that performance today [against Stoke]. That is all you can do.”
"It’s not easy for Wojciech either to respond to that but we’re quite fine now and the best response is to keep yourself calm and respond with that performance today [against Stoke]. That is all you can do"
Faster than milk
The 30-year-old centre-back has come under sharp criticism for his lack of pace in
the past but has always been fairly thick skinned - and got a laugh out of it too.
Starring in a Paddy Power video he jokingly responded to a tweet that read: “I reckon
milk turns quicker than Per Mertesacker” by placing a bottle of milk in a fridge and then completing a training exercise before drinking the milk to confirm it had not turned sour.
With an assured performance and a clean sheet earned against Stoke on Sunday, Mertesacker and co. will be keen to banish the demons of their St. Mary’s debacle as they
prepare for a vital away trip to Manchester City this weekend.