Despite not winning major trophies over the last decade, Arsenal have remained one of the most attractive clubs in the world.
Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has revealed his conversation with Arsene Wenger that made convinced him to making Arsenal move in the summer of 2011.
Mertesacker spoke to Arsenal Player and he said he was impressed and lured by the pedirgree of Arsene Wenger. Mertesacker already knew that Arsenal was the next step in his career and he could hardly wait to move to north London.
“He talked to me in German so that was very impressive to me,” the 32-year-old said.
“First of all to talk to him, even five years ago, [was special] – such an experienced manager and someone you look up to.
“He didn’t need to impress me or convince me a lot or persuade me to join Arsenal, I was agreeing with him that this was the next step for me and the right step for me. My first impression was pretty good and it will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
Alhough he’s currently injured, Mertesacker was named the captain of Arsenal in the summer, as a reward for his impressive 207 games for Arsenal.
Arsenal signed Shkodran Mustafi during the summer, it is difficult seeing how Mertesacker will get a place in the first team of Arsenal.