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Mertesacker is a fantastic leader, according to Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that defender Per Mertesacker is a fantastic leader on and off the pitch.

The German international has been standing in as club captain due to injuries to usual captain Thomas Vermaelen and vice-captain Mikel Arteta.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Wenger admitted that Mertesacker is a great leader for the rest of the team and he believes the team are playing better due to his leadership traits.

“Per is a fantastic leader who always keeps the urgency of the team very high,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “He’s a good organiser. He’s growing in stature and I think his individual performance as well was outstanding.

“I believe we had a convincing win because we had real good team play and we looked like a team who knows what they are doing. We were always in control, got [a 2-0 lead] at half-time and got a goal after that. The last 20 are always a bit difficult but we could have scored more.”

Wenger was also full of praise for Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski as they both netted at the weekend during their 3-1 victory over Fulham.
 
“It was particularly important and you know that [Podolski] always has a goal in him,” Wenger said. “In the first half he had another chance to score just before half time. I’m pleased for him because it was not easy to take.
 
“He didn’t always start recently. It’s more for the balance of the team than his individual performance so I’m happy he got two goals.
 
“Everywhere he has been, [Olivier’s] second season has been a good one. In the first year, he always struggled a little bit to adapt. You’ve seen him since the start of the season, he scores in every game.”
 
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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