Video: Per Mertesacker Admits it Was a “Miracle” that He Became a Footballer

Video: Per Mertesacker Admits it Was a “Miracle” that He Became a Footballer

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has described his career as an “accident”, claiming it was nothing short of a miracle that he turned into a football player.

Mertesacker has struggled for game time this season, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi forging a solid partnership in the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

However, the ex-German international remains a key figure in the Gunners dressing room and took part, alongside Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in a recent Q&A session with a season ticket holder.

All three players were asked to typical question, “if you weren’t a professional footballer, what profession would you do?”

Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted he’d probably still be a sportsman and that Welbeck’s skills on the microphone would make him an ideal backup rapper.

Mertesacker was less transparent despite his teammates claiming he could have been a great “rocket scientist”.

The World Cup winner’s answered that he was always good when it came to his studies, until “the accident happened and the big guy turned into a footballer.”

Mertesacker’s contract at Arsenal runs out in 2018, with the defender expected to leave north London in search of either a coaching position or more minutes on the pitch.

However, the big defender has been a fantastic servant of the club since joining in 2011, meaning if he were to leave, he’d surely do so with the blessing of the Arsenal fans.


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