Thomas Vermaelen believes he has learnt a lot about the weaknesses in his game throughout his time on the sidelines.
The Arsenal centre-back has been out of action since late August and has revealed that although it is frustrating to miss the vast majority of the season, it has given him the opportunity to assess his own playing style and see what areas of his game he must work on.
The 25-year-old Belgian told the Arsenal official website: “I’ve learned a lot [while I’ve been out]. Mentally for sure, but I also had the time to work on some of my weaknesses. Things you do not have time for when you play a lot of games.
“I saw Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham, Barcelona passing me by – top games for sure. And that’s frustrating: you want to be on the pitch. In the stands, especially against Barcelona, you feel more tension than on the field. I was quite nervous, I noticed, even during the return match I watched on TV. I wanted so badly that we went through.
“But on the other hand, on television and in the stands you have a better view of the game. You can learn from the positioning of other defenders, while watching them. And that’s what I did.”
Mertesacker Gunners hint.
Per Mertesacker has hinted that he would consider joining Arsenal in the summer if they were to make another offer, Metro has revealed.
The Gunners were heavily linked to a move to the Werder Bremen defender but the 26-year-old ruled out any potential transfers and opted to stay at the Bundesliga club.
The German international is contracted to Die Werderaner until summer 2012 but with the club sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone they may decide to cash in on Mertesacker this summer.
Mertesacker told Die Welt: “England has been an issue for a few years now, but I cannot make a decision yet.
“Of course the Premier League is attractive, but right now there is only one issue for me and that is avoiding the drop.”
Mexes deal latest.
Arsenal face competition from Liverpool and AC Milan in the chase for the signature of AS Roma defender Philippe Mexes, The Sun has revealed.
The Gunners may already be battling the Reds for Gary Cahill this summer and now both Kenny Dalglish and Arsene Wenger have listed the French centre-back as a potential transfer target, too, as both managers are reluctant to meet Bolton Wanderers’ £15million price-tag for the England international.
Mexes’ contract with Roma expires at the end of the season and although Milan are favourites to land the 28-year-old, a Premier League move could be on the cards for the former Auxerre defender.