Mertesacker: Arsenal always been special

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After training with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday, Per Mertesacker is in contention to make his Arsenal debut in the Barclays Premier League when Swansea visit the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

The 26-year-old defender is confident his wealth of experience both at club and international level, will help him settle quickly into life at Arsenal, and allow him to slot seamlessly into Arsene Wenger's back line.

With 76 German caps to his name, and two World Cup campaigns under his belt, Mertesacker intimates how his time with the international side can only benefit his Gunners career moving forward.

"It is a little bit easier if you have played a World Cup for Germany and I hope I can use my experiences in my career," he told "We met England and that is a great experience I have.


"But I also have to improve myself and that should be my first thought."

Mertesacker's deadline day move was completed in the midst of the international break, and having now returned to north London, he is pleased to be able to focus his attentions on domestic football with his new club.

"It's exciting to be here but I have a lot of experience in football so that is okay for me," he continued. "I am very happy and I am very glad to be here.

"Arsenal is one of the top teams in Europe and I have been looking out for Arsenal since I got my first jersey when I was ten or 12. Arsenal has always been special for me."

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