Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has described his swift recovery from an ankle injury sustained against Reading only eight days before Sunday’s London derby as a “miracle”, the German told Arsenal Player.
Mertesacker left Wembley in a protective boot following an ankle injury and with Arsene Wenger describing his situation as “not looking too good” (via Arsenal Player), we feared the worse.
However, it seems as though Shad Forsythe – the man brought in over the summer to ease our horrendous injury record – is now starting to weave his magic.
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Our vice-captain played the full 90 minutes and produced a dominant display playing up against two different systems deployed by Jose Mourinho.
“It’s a big miracle and I have to give a huge thanks to all the people who contributed, especially our medical team who did a fantastic job to get all the fluid out of my ankle after I twisted it badly,” Mertesacker said.
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“I didn’t expect to play the following week but I’m happy and I have to give a huge thanks to all who contributed to make it possible for me to feature.”
With Chelsea looking to exploit us on the counter-attack, it was imperative for our defensive shape to guard against the quick turnover in possession.
Mertesacker was key in that organisation, ensuring both our full-backs refrained from moving up the pitch simultaneously.
As a result of his performance, we expect him to retain his spot in central defence until the end of the season ahead of January signing Gabriel Paulista.