DM) Torsten Frings
The hipsters will certainly remember Frings who would still comfortably operate in the modern game such were his immense technical qualities. Mertesacker describes him a “world class No.6.”
CM) Hanno Balitch
A player not familiar to fans around the globe, Mertesacker labels him as the player who taught him the physical side of the game.
CM) Mesut Ozil
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Ozil and Mertesacker have known each other for a number of years and the midfielder is the second and final Arsenal player in this team. Having played with him in many teams, it’s rather odd that Mertesacker didn’t place Ozil in his favoured No.10 role.
The Brazilian wizard graced a number of European clubs and is one of the most typical No.1os you’re ever likely to see.