Per Mertesacker is excited to link up with his new Arsenal team-mates and embark upon a new challenge in the Barclays Premier League, Sky Sports reports.
The German centre-back was signed on transfer deadline day by Arsene Wenger but has not yet trained with his team-mates due to the international break.
Mertesacker played in the 2-2 draw with Poland and hopes to build on his form to take into his Arsenal career come Saturday.
‘It is exciting. It is a new phase in my life and I am really looking forward to it, but I also feel nervous. It is like before the first day at school,’ Mertesacker said, ‘Now I have a new challenge in a new country, a new style of play and a new language and I am ready for it.’
The 6’6’’ defender is set to travel to London today to join training and is also expected to make his debut against Swansea on Saturday.
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Arteta: I’m not Fab replacement.
New Arsenal recruit Mikel Arteta has adamantly denied he is a direct replacement for Cesc Fabregas or Samir Nasri, reports Sky Sports.
The former Everton man was signed on transfer deadline day for a reported £10m to shore up the Gunners midfield due to lack of numbers.
Arteta said: “They were two top players for the club, they did really, really well in the last few years and now we have some new players coming in to try and make the same impact. I am sure we will.
“I don’t want the fans to be expecting the same as them because every player is different. We need some time to adapt as well, but I am sure that we will give everything we can to make this team better.”
Gunners fans will hope he can provide the same type of passing ability and craft that their two former stars possessed to help them back onto the road of victory.
Ramsey eyes 3 points.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey knows that Arsenal must return to winning ways after their drubbing against Manchester United, Sky Sports reports.
The Welsh midfielder played in the 8-2 capitulation at Old Trafford almost two weeks ago which was one of the worst games in Arsenal’s history and Ramsey is keen to overcome it, knowing that form and togetherness is key to winning at Swansea on Saturday.
‘It will be a great game for us. We want to put things right because of our last result,’ Ramsey said, ‘hopefully we will put in a good performance and get back to winning ways.’
The Wales captain has played exceptionally well during the international break, scoring against Montenegro in a 2-1 win and narrowly getting beat 1-0 by England on Tuesday night.