Mertesacker looking forward to Tottenham-Arsenal derby

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is looking forward to the weekend’s north-London derby clash with Tottenham, with the German expecting a ‘special experience’ at White Hart Lane.

The £10m signing from Werder Bremen has been part of an Arsenal side that has had a mixed start to the new season, but has won their last three in a row, albeit against Shrewsbury, Bolton and Olympiakos.

Talking ahead of the Tottenham tie to Soccernet, the Germany international explained: “This is my first special game for Arsenal. A lot of people have been telling me about it, how massive it is, and what a special experience it is and I am looking forward to it. It is an especially important game for Arsenal and for me. There is nothing similar to it in Germany. You cannot compare Bremen against Hamburg because they are not quite in the same city, so the London derby is bigger.”

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