Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker admits having a lack of motivation this season

As reported by ESPN, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted he has struggled to motivate himself this season.

“Personally, it is difficult at the moment. It was really a long season last year, and to come back from that World Cup and get the motivation back … I am nearly back, but you can feel there is something missing at the moment,” he said.

Mertesacker, 30, won the 2014 World Cup with Germany in the summer, and quickly announced his international retirement to focus on his domestic career with Arsenal. But things haven’t gone to plan for the Gunners this season, with Arsene Wenger’s side 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal are winless in their last three Premier League games, and were incredibly fortunate to scrape a 2-1 away win against Anderlecht in their midweek Champions League group match. They are suffering from an injury crisis too, with their defence somewhat makeshift due to the players currently out of action, but Mertesacker’s admission will be a worry for Wenger.

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