Head of Academy
Roald Dahl once wrote a story about a big, friendly giant – which in 2011 apparently strikingly reminded Arsenal fans of their new head of defence. The Big friendly Giant (or was it the Big f* German?) quickly became the BFG and later the captain of the venerable club from London. With that, the much-sung player finally silenced any doubters. 104 international matches (one more than Kaiser Franz), three FA Cup victories, a DFB cup victory or the 2014 World Cup title also contributed to this. Pers’ critical thinking is much more sustainable than any ephemeral fame in the fast-paced football business. If he takes a position, his opinion is (inter)nationally respected. It is worth much more than a barrel of ice, for instance. Per is taking his carefully considered first steps after his career as head of the Arsenal FC Academy.
World Champion (2014)
FA Cup Winner (13/14, 14/15, 16/17)
German Cup Winner (08/09)
English Supercup Winner (15/16, 17/18)
I’M PUTTING MYSELF ON ICE FOR
THREE DAYS, AND THEN WE’LL
ANALYSE THE GAME IN PEACE.
PER MERTESACKER AFTER QUALIFYING FOR THE QUARTERFINALE (WC 2014)