Arsenal youth team coach Per Mertesacker has released an autobiography – Big Friendly German.
The German who arrived at The Emirates in 2011 from Werder Bremen has been revealing some home truths about Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and pundits.
Many pundits had been critical of the World Cup winner during his seven year stint in North London.
But it appears that one commentator, in the form of Robbie Savage, hadn’t done his homework on the Germany international.
Mertesacker said: “Some fans had probably been wishing for another Tony Adams [when I signed].
“My name likely meant little to them.
“Robbie Savage wasn’t thrilled. He said: ‘I don’t rate Mertesacker at all, he wasn’t convincing at Real Madrid’.
“Savage had confused me with Christoph Metzelder.”
Mertesacker has also lifted the lid on why Arsene Wenger’s final season went so drastically wrong.
In his autobiography, ‘Per Mertesacker: Big Friendly German’, he says: “When we lost one game, we often lost a few in a row. We could show off our class across six FA Cup games, but 38 League matches in 10 months were a different matter. We simply lacked the consistency all top teams need.
“You couldn’t win the League on eight defeats a year. Arsene Wenger was always the kind of manager whose belief in his team’s qualities was steady as a rock and who approached matters with never-ending patience.
“He didn’t lose his nerve during losing streaks, either. He stuck with his convictions and his players, no matter how strong the wind was blowing. It was his greatest strength.
“Wondering whether it was also his greatest weakness and whether he was he too lenient with us is, in my opinion, a little too simplistic.
“If the fans had got their way, there would have been five new top signings every year. ‘Spend some f***ing money!’ they would chorus from the stands after defeats.
“But Wenger trusted the players he had. I never met another manager who believed more strongly in his squad’s ability.”