Arsene Wenger believes Per Mertesacker can help the Gunners from conceding set-piece goals and contribute at the other end of the pitch too.
The German towering defender has yet to find the net in an Arsenal shirt, however he is proving to be a great buy after forming a reliable partnership with Koscielny in recent weeks.
Tony Pulis’s rock solid side are dangerous in the air and haven proven a hand full in the past, so Wenger will be turning to his German international to provide defensive stability in the air, while also contributing some goals at the other end.
I expect some goals on set-pieces from Per because even in Marseille we had nine corners and they had one. Out of nine corners away from home you expect to be a bit more dangerous.
I brought him here for more than this type of game [Stoke] because I feel he is a good player. He is a good organiser, he understands the game, he is an intelligent player and physically he is getting sharper and sharper in every game.
He had no real preparation for the season and now you can see that we look less nervous at the back and he contributes to that.
The lack of goals scored off corners and also free kicks are worrying for the Gunners, but that should start to change with Mertesacker adapting well to life in North London. It is a necessary attribute Arsenal must have to compete with the rest of the League, especially when they get into promising situations with corners/free kicks are nothing comes from them. When Vermaelen returns to the fold too that will help to strengthen our attacking options as he too is deadly in the opposing box.