By Ollie Irish
Germany’s Per Mertesacker climbs higher than Tim Cahill at the 2010 World Cup
I wonder why many Gooners seem to be getting wet in the pants area over the rumour that their club will sign German centre-back Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen.
Mertesacker is capable of having very good games, but he’s slow and inconsistent – think of him as a superior Pascal Cygan, with more hair. I thought he was one of Germany’s weak links in the World Cup.
To put myself in a Gooner’s Birkenstocks for a second (shudder), I understand the excitement comes more from the symbolic meaning of such a transfer:
1) Mertesacker is big