Following a terrible season for Arsenal’s big German defender Per Mertesacker, during which he managed just a pair of appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side (though one of those was an incredible performance in the club’s FA Cup final win), the former Werder Bremen man has today discussed his future in North London.
Not finished yet
Speaking to local media about the possibility of him departing the Emirates this summer, Mertesacker revealed that, while he has the motivation to play on for another year, retirement has become a real possibility.
‘I am motivated, but I can not play every three days anymore.’ ‘I do not want to push my luck.’
‘I told him (Arsene Wenger) I was tired, mentally drained. I’ve been thinking of my career, there’s nothing to it, I’m going to finish. It didn’t matter how how I’d trained, I did not get a chance.’
The former German international was also questioned on a possible behind-the-scenes role as part of the London club following his retirement, a proposition which he admitted is already under discussion.
‘(My career will) definitely be in the football business.’
‘It can happen quickly.’ ‘Arsenal would like to keep me, as there are already talks: it will be in the operational business, I will be on the other side.’