Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is the latest player to partake in the Ultimate XI series conducted by our official Youtube channel and has picked an interesting lineup.
Mertesacker, who started his professional club career at Hannover 96, has also played for Werder Bremen before joining us in 2011.
Having also won over 100 caps for Germany, Mertesacker had a number of players to choose from.
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Check out his team below (4-4-2 diamond).
GK) Robert Enke
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A personal choice from our vice-captain, Mertesacker’s former teammate from Hannover 96 sadly committed suicide in 2009. It was a shocking incident in European football, with Enke lining up against us in a friendly months before his death.
RB) Clemens Fritz
A Werder Bremen veteran, Mertesacker includes another one of his former teammates from Germany.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
One of only two current Arsenal stars in the team, Mertesacker picking Koscielny is something natural when one analyses their partnership on the pitch. Ever since Arsene Wenger dropped Thomas Vermaelen in 2013, the two have been the bedrock of our team and have performed admirably.
With John Terry currently struggling for form, is there a better partnership in the Premier League?
A Werder Bremen legend, Naldo partnered Mertesacker for a number of years and recently moved to the rising team in Germany – Wolfsburg.
LB) Philipp Lahm
His inclusion needs no explanation. One of the greatest full-backs the game has ever seen.