Date: 30th March 2017 at 8:42pm
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Centre half Per Mertesacker has been in front of the media this week and he’s been discussing how he feels his spell on the sidelines have given him a fresh perspective on Arsenal.

With the German international picking up a knee injury during our pre season campaign, the 32 year old World Cup winner’s contribution this year so far has been from the sidelines as he cheered his colleagues on and rightly shock his head given some recent performances and results.

Speaking to the Official Site to give his thoughts on the campaign given how this season has turned for Arsenal, Mertesacker admitted spending so much time on the sidelines watching and not physically being involved did obviously give him a different outlook on things.

‘I think it`s a different perspective. Obviously, I once when I played for Hannover as a kid, I was in the standing area and I was cheering that side as well. I know that perspective, but when you watch television or watch in the stand, when you watch the guys it`s a different perspective.’

He went on to admit that it does clearly give you more of a fan outlook on things when it comes to dealing with disappointments and like others, he’s looking out for how the team react to knocks and how they bounce back and stick together and whilst you still do that to a degree when you are on the pitch, when you’re playing you have your own role and thoughts to deal with, so it is more pronounced from the sidelines.

‘So you understand more what it feels like, especially when you have disappointing results. How our team reacts on the pitch afterwards, how do we stick together afterwards, how do we bounce back? Obviously I want to influence that more, like I can do on the pitch, but the perspective of being on the sidelines is sometimes good to put things right from a different angle. It helps you sometimes to understand even better.’

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