Mertesacker: I'm getting better

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker insists he is gradually becoming more accustomed to the rigours of Barclays Premier League.

The Germany international signed for the Gunners on deadline day from Werder Bremen but has not adapted to the English game as well as he would have liked.

However, Arsene Wenger has shown faith in Mertesacker, who has been a virtual ever present for Arsenal since his summer move to the Emirates Stadium.

The 27-year-old has made 16 appearances for Wenger's side and has featured prominently in Arsenal's recent run of impressive form.

He does, though, concede there is room for improvement, and has asked to be judged by fans and the media alike at the end of the season.

"I'm feeling good and I think that's the best thing," Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.

"It was quite a short time for me to settle in and make the transfer happen - it was very close to the deadline so it was a tough month for me.

"I think in England the best players in the world are here. They have a lot of strength, a lot of speed, it doesn't compare to the Bundesliga. The technical [ability] is similar but the speed and the physical power is different.

"If you have no pre-season with the team then that makes it more difficult. People think it's easy to connect with your club, your team-mates, but it takes time.

"It's getting better and better and hopefully I can keep improving now. Let me play a season and you can get [the full picture] of my personality and my ability as a footballer."

Per Mertesacker
Premier League

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