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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2011, 11:03:00 PM »
Sebagai sambutan untuk pemain ini, mari kita liat 'aksi' dia yang satu ini:



lol ;D ;D


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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2011, 11:04:00 PM »
^
nah it waktu itu gw liat ada yang post ini ;D

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2011, 11:04:39 PM »
Selamat datang Per..
Semoga bisa memperbaiki lini belakang Arsenal..
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Semoga juara sesuatu musim ini..

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2011, 11:05:24 PM »
^
nah it waktu itu gw liat ada yang post ini ;D

The next Eboue dik? haha


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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2011, 11:06:44 PM »
iya dong. gw mesti cari idola baru nih di tim ;D

kemaren tmen gw tanya, pemain favorit gw di arsenal siapa. gw bengong kagak tau ;D

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2011, 11:08:01 PM »
^
si Per udah memenuhi syarat pertama tuh, bisa ngebuat orang ketawa di luar lapangan ;D


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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2011, 11:15:17 PM »
Sebagai sambutan untuk pemain ini, mari kita liat 'aksi' dia yang satu ini:



lol ;D ;D


itu bneran ya? lg ngapain sih?

lol abis..

anyway ngliat per jd igt manusia pohon yang di LOTR ya  :sweat:

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2011, 11:15:31 PM »
Akhirnya ada lagi orang Jerman di tim ini... Wilkommen Per...::)
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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2011, 11:17:31 PM »
Sebagai sambutan untuk pemain ini, mari kita liat 'aksi' dia yang satu ini:



lol ;D ;D


itu bneran ya? lg ngapain sih?

lol abis..

anyway ngliat per jd igt manusia pohon yang di LOTR ya  :sweat:


katanya sih bercanda abis salah satu pertandingan pas World Cup kemarin, tapi awalnya ngapain gak tau juga sih ;D

Akhirnya ada lagi orang Jerman di tim ini... Wilkommen Per...::)


Next, Hummels? :P


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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2011, 11:17:36 PM »
Sebagai sambutan untuk pemain ini, mari kita liat 'aksi' dia yang satu ini:



lol ;D ;D


itu bneran ya? lg ngapain sih?

lol abis..

anyway ngliat per jd igt manusia pohon yang di LOTR ya  :sweat:


bayangin wilshere berdiri sebelahan sama per ya ;D frodo sama manusia pohon ;D

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2011, 11:19:19 PM »
Sebagai sambutan untuk pemain ini, mari kita liat 'aksi' dia yang satu ini:



lol ;D ;D


itu bneran ya? lg ngapain sih?

lol abis..

anyway ngliat per jd igt manusia pohon yang di LOTR ya  :sweat:


bayangin wilshere berdiri sebelahan sama per ya ;D frodo sama manusia pohon ;D


hahahaha.. tinggal di pangku di pundaknya..  :sweat:

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2011, 11:28:48 PM »
bwahahahaha...::)

Kalo dia mau ajak Hummels atau Badstuber kemari juga gw buka tangan selebar2nya lone...::)
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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2011, 11:29:49 PM »
bwahahahaha...::)

Kalo dia mau ajak Hummels atau Badstuber kemari juga gw buka tangan selebar2nya lone...::)

Setelah dipikir-pikir mendingan aja Bastian sama Badstuber aja deh, yang pasti juara Bundesliga musim ini ::)


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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2011, 11:48:30 PM »
ah I just hope it wont be another squilacci   :glare:

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Re: Per Mertesacker
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2011, 11:50:42 PM »
More about Per:

The tall German with a big task: bring order to Gunners' defence

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Per Mertesacker reads the game well but lacks pace. Is he the man that Arsenal are crying out for?

By Robin Scott-Elliot

Per Mertesacker ticks boxes. For a club looking for a player to bring height, experience, defensive acumen and leadership the 6ft 6in, 75-times capped Werder Bremen captain offers a seemingly ready-made solution.

There is more to the tallest player Arsène Wenger has brought to Arsenal; he speaks English, is a popular and respected figure within his club and national dressing room, and an adroit reader of the game, as testified by a threadbare collection of nine bookings in 221 appearances in the Bundesliga. The suggestion from Germany is that he will have no problem adapting swiftly to the demands of the Premier League, nor the demands of living in a new country, an issue that Wenger has previously voiced concern over.

He is fit, too, which given Thomas Vermaelen's difficulties is another significant plus point. A summer break stretched by a heel injury that brought a premature end to last season has led to him returning notably refreshed and recharged. "I haven't felt this good physically in a year," he said after making his comeback in a friendly against Everton this month.

It is those claims of freshness that will reassure Wenger. For a relatively young player he has plenty of miles on the clock, having played in the last two World Cup finals and the 2008 European Championship. "He is a 26-year-old with the look and body of a 36-year-old," is how one Bundesliga observer puts it. And, some would say, the pace of a ponderous 36-year-old. Lack of speed and agility has been a constant criticism attached to Mertesacker throughout his career, both for club and country. His exemplary disciplinary record, as well as Germany's relative success during his tenure in the centre of their defence, suggests he has become able to compensate for any such failing through positional awareness and the instinct acquired over a seven-year international career.

The speed of the move came as a surprise. Mertesacker may have been a long-term Arsenal target, a move was first mooted last summer in the wake of the World Cup, but he had expected to stay in Bremen for another season. Thomas Schaaf, Bremen's manager, had recently awarded him the captaincy in succession to Torsten Frings.

Werder, though, have financial concerns and with their new captain's contract approaching its final year, the need to bring funds into the club won out. Bremen slipped to 13th in the Bundesliga last season, having finished third in the previous campaign, denying them any European income this season and accelerating the need to sell their best player.

Last season was a poor one for both club and player. Mertesacker's performance suffered as the team's form dipped, but it was not just the struggle of playing in a poor side that was behind his decline. He was barely 20 when he made his international debut in 2004 – handed a first cap by Jürgen Klinsmann in a friendly against Iran – and he soon became an integral part of a revitalised German side. In the 2008 World Cup they made the last four, in Euro 2008 they reached the final and last year in South Africa they went out in the semi-finals, beaten as two years earlier by Spain. That has meant a relentless schedule for Mertesacker and, rather like Wayne Rooney, last season brought a degree of burnout. "His poor form was a reaction to his body," says Philipp Selldorf of the Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Mertesacker comes from a footballing family – his father Stefan is a junior coach at Hannover, where Per began his career. He made his name as part of a defence playing in front of Robert Enke, the goalkeeper who was to become a close friend before his death two years ago. Aged 21, he won a place in Klinsmann's squad for the 2006 World Cup on home soil and he started every game as Germany exceeded expectations to reach the semi-finals, where they were beaten in extra time by Italy. After the penalty shoot-out victory over Argentina in the quarter-finals he was on the receiving end of an assault by Leandro Cufre that sparked a mass brawl on the pitch. Cufre, an unused substitute, felled the startled Mertesacker with a kick in the groin and, after a bad-tempered, tense contest, players from both sides quickly joined in.

Mertesacker's form in the finals helped earn him a €5m (£4.4m) move north to Bremen, which took him into the Champions League for the first time, and a first experience of English football. He scored the winner – and coped comfortably with Didier Drogba – in a group game with Chelsea, but his most recent entanglement with an English team proved less effective as he was part of a Bremen defence given the runaround on the other side of north London, Tottenham winning a group game 3-0 during their happy romp into the knockout stages last year.

That was part of a miserable campaign for Bremen and Mertesacker. He had missed the home tie against Spurs after breaking an eye socket during a Euro 2012 qualifier with Azerbaijan. When the season ended Mertesacker called on the club to bolster the squad – Mikaël Silvestre arrived, having been released by Arsenal in a move not likely to encourage the doubters to stay put. But Mertesacker still appeared in no mood to move on. When he was handed the captaincy, he spoke happily of doing the job for the "next 100 years" and when he left Bremen to link up with the national squad in Düsseldorf on Monday there was no suggestion he would soon be following in the footsteps of another friend, Michael Ballack, and heading for London.


Mertesacker’s strange decline

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This is now the second summer in a row that Per Mertesacker has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Werder Bremen rejected Arsenal’s rumoured £10-11m bid last summer, despite Mertesacker’s wish to transfer to North London, once the German club had secured Champions League qualification—and thus were no longer in any financial need to sell. An Arsenal enquiry in January went immediately nowhere because Mertesacker pledged full support to then relegation-threatened Bremen.

Mertesacker’s contract expires in July 2012, which means this summer would be the last transfer window for Werder to get a transfer fee. Furthermore, after a dismal Bundesliga season, Bremen face financial pressure. Sporting director Klaus Allofs has recently indicated that one of the big wage earners must probably leave the club. At the moment, the most likely departure is goalkeeper Tim Wiese (to Wolfsburg). Bremen’s management is reluctant to let Mertesacker go as the club is already searching, rather unsuccessfully, for one central defender—and then would need two signings in the same position.

For a good fee—I would imagine anything above £7m—Bremen would certainly consider selling Mertesacker this summer. (Werder bought Mertesacker from Hannover in 2006 for €5m). An Arsenal fan since childhood (his aunt lives in England), Mertesacker has just repeated his desire to play in the English Premier League one day. (On a side note, it is certainly a murky business for the official Fifa website to fuel such transfer rumours. But, then again, everything is murky about Fifa).

One big question remains open, however—whether Per Mertesacker is (still) any good as a defender…

Like Werder’s team on the whole, Mertesacker had by all accounts a terrible 2010/11 season. And already in the two seasons before, there had been a number of critical voices.

One way of illustrating Mertesacker’s strange decline is through the legendary school grading system of the Kicker magazine, Germany’s foremost football paper. Any performance review is subjective. However, the Kicker’s match reports and player ratings enjoy a rare respectability and authority within Germany’s football community. In my personal experience, both when I had watched a game either live inside a stadium or on television and then later checked the player ratings, the Kicker is usually trustworthy with its assessments.

The grading system follows Germany’s school classification, ranging from 1 for very good to 6 for fail. 2 means good, 5 bad; 3 is satisfactory, 4 sufficient. (There are half-grades like 2.5). In football terms, 1 is very rare, reserved for a world-class performance, something like scoring a hat-trick against Bayern. 6 is rare too, the equivalent of scoring an own-goal and not looking bothered during the game. The baseline is 3 or 3.5 for a decent, average Bundesliga performance.

The Kicker grades are less interesting for their absolute, quasi-scientific numeric value. What is really interesting is the possibility of a relative comparison between Bundesliga players across several seasons within a stable, fairly consistent assessment system.




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Table 1 above summarises the details of Per Mertesacker’s Bundesliga career. All data are from the Kicker website.

Mertesacker, who will turn 27 in September, began is career at a remarkable young age for a central defender. By the age of 21, he had played two and half seasons at Hannover and in the summer of 2006 moved to Werder Bremen after a successful World Cup campaign with the German national team.

2006/07, Mertesacker’s first season at Bremen, was also his most successful season form-wise: Per finished the Kicker rankings as the Bundesliga’s best defender. In the following two seasons, 2007/08 and 2008/09, Mertesacker was still ranked as the league’s third-best defender, but with slightly declining season average grades. Mertesacker still finished the 2009/10 in 7th place, although critics had begun to question his form especially in the second half of that season and throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Last season, 2010/11, saw a steep decline in Mertesacker’s rank and grade. On those metrics, he was now just an average Bundesliga defender.

Another way to show Mertesacker’s rise and decline is in comparison to the Bundesliga’s best defender (see graph 1 below).




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Last season saw the greatest gap between Mertesacker and the Bundesliga’s best defender; in 2010/11, Dortmund’s Mats Hummels with a very high grade indeed.

Several questions arise from this: Has there been just a temporary blip in Mertesacker’s form, or are there more systemic reasons behind it? If systematic, are they related to Werder’s wider failings, or are they more personally Per’s problems? Finally, would Mertesacker be a good signing for Arsenal?

How long can a blip in form be still called temporary? Almost all of Mertesacker’s 2010/11 season was forgettable. Add to that at least the second half of the previous season. Taken together, one and a half seasons of below-par performances are arguably no longer just a temporary phenomenon. Per’s best season, 2006/07, is now four years ago; a long time in football.

Of course, Mertesacker’s decline closely mirrors Bremen’s difficulties—especially defensively. For a while, Werder’s attacking department could still mask Bremen’s defensive frailties. Last season, however, those were mercilessly exposed.

A favourable interpretation of Mertesacker’s fall would shift the blame towards Torsten Frings, Bremen’s declining defensive midfielder. In the past two seasons in particular, Frings no longer had the legs to be an efficient midfield screen for Mertesacker in defence. Caught between stepping out to help out in defensive midfield and staying deep but then being exposed to attackers running at him at full speed, Mertesacker’s positional play often looked indecisive and ineffective.

Mertesacker, 1.98m or 6ft 6in tall, is relatively slow in comparison to many modern defenders. Positional tactics is thus paramount for Mertesacker when playing against pacy attackers. Given that Bremen, like Arsenal, are an attack-minded team, the waning influence of Frings had left Per often exposed. However, perhaps this is also due to a more general effect: with changes in the offside law and the emphasis on pressing high up the pitch, modern-day defenders are increasingly left alone to deal with pace. Mertesacker is an intelligent and experienced player; in principle he should be able to balance out his lack of speed with positional awareness. But it remains a worry.

Sometimes a change in scenery can restart a player’s career. So would Mertesacker be a good signing for Arsenal?

Based on last season’s evidence alone, Mertesacker would be behind Johan Djourou in the pecking order. Signing Per would be a major gamble for Arsène Wenger because it would be entirely on the basis of past strength and potential rather than current form. And Wenger’s track record in reviving the careers of struggling defenders is not good. Mikaël Silvestre (now at Werder) and Sébastien Squillaci both did not return to former glory. In fairness, though, Mertesacker would still be 3-4 years younger than when those two joined Arsenal.

Mertesacker is excellent in aerial duels and would have no problems adapting to the physical nature of the Premier League. He is calm and composed, rarely panicking even under extreme pressure. He would, however, need to regain his positional noûs when dealing with pace.

Signing Mertesacker would not guarantee immediate success in solving Arsenal’s centre-back problems. It would be a gamble. In the end, the key issue might be psychology: how hungry he is for a new challenge, how quickly he can turn around his form at a new club. And it would be an issue of money: how much such a gamble would cost in wages and transfer fee.

A tough decision. I would not be able to make a final call. But that is why Wenger is the professional in charge. I certainly hope that Mertesacker will return to his best days from just a personal perspective, as Per comes across as one of the most intelligent and genuine people in football.

Update, 31 August 2011: Per Mertesacker has now joined Arsenal. According to media reports, the fee is €9m (£8m) and Mertesacker will earn €4.7m a year or £80k a week on a contract that runs until June 2015. Welcome to the club!


Arsenal's new centre-back Per Mertesacker comes to the aid of his boyhood club in their hour of need

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The three were obsessed with football and their priority was making sure they each came home with a Premier League team’s shirt. Mertesacker came back to his home near Hanover with an Arsenal shirt and he supported them ever since.
Now the German international is returning to England to pull on an Arsenal shirt for real, coming to the aid of his adopted club in their time of need.
Since emerging onto the football scene in Germany in 2004, Mertesacker has spoken affectionately of Arsenal and now, with just a year left on his contract with Werder Bremen, the 26-year-old is about to make good on those childhood ambitions.
Mertesacker grew up in Pattensen, near Hanover, and attended a school in Hemmingen that specialised in sport (it has produced several other Bundesliga players), staying to complete his abitur, the equivalent of A-levels.
While he had come through local teams to secure a professional contract with Hanover 96 — where his father Stefan was one of his coaches - he was not considered a particular promising player and came close to quitting.

There was little to persuade him otherwise when he made his Hanover debut as a 19 year old against Cologne.
Ralf Rangnick, the coach who took Schalke to the Champions League semi-finals last season, threw him into the starting XI at right back — not the natural position for a one-paced six-foot-sixer — and then hauled him off at half time.
An inauspicious start, but things started to change very swiftly. In the 2004-05 season Mertesacker established himself as a first-choice central defender and after just 20 games with Hanover was called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for a national team friendly in Tehran.
It was a remarkably swift elevation and he suddenly found himself signing autographs for his school friends. Mertesacker still lived with his parents and had to borrow his dad’s laptop to get his emails from Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff.
When Klinsmann gave him a DVD of footage analysing his performance, Mertesacker meekly offered that he did not own a DVD player.
This all contributes to his reputation in Germany as an anti-star. On leaving school he decided not to do military service, instead doing community service, working in an institution for the mentally ill.
His partner is the German international handball player Ulrike Stange, with whom he has a son, Paul. He has used his celebrity to set up the Mertesacker foundation which raises money for charity through selling football merchandise and annual celebrity matches.
Mertesacker, rake thin with blond hair, cut a distinctive figure at the 2006 World Cup, where he played every minute of every game as Klinsmann’s team reached the semi-finals on home soil.
His development had earned him a move to Werder Bremen that summer, for the modest fee of 5million euros.
As a player he is distinguished by tactical intelligence. His height means he is good in the air but really it is his positioning that is his strongest suit, masking as it does a relative lack of pace.
What is perhaps most remarkable about Mertesacker — and something that will come to the relief of Arsene Wenger and his suspension-ravaged squad — is his clean disciplinary record.
In 221 Bundesliga games he has received only nine yellow cards and two reds. He has said in interviews that he was never even booked as a youth team player.
He is not perhaps the vocal on-pitch leader Arsenal fans have been craving and his form has declined in the last two years as Werder Bremen have struggled (they finished 13th last season).
This is a crucial move for him as much as Arsenal. But you do not win 75 caps for Germany at only 26 if you are not a seriously talented defender.
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