Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker has recently been speaking to the Guardian and made some interesting comments regarding a future role as a coach once he calls time on his career.
The 30 year old World Cup winner who joined the Gunners in 2011 has decided that coaching is not for him after seeing first hand just how stressful management can be throughout his career in Germany and the UK. When asked about his plans for coaching the 6ft 6″ affectionately named BFG said the following,
“I don’t see myself coaching because the intensity of that is massive, and the intensity as a manager, for example Arsène Wenger, is even more.”
Despite his current plans for management the German suggested that he could be convinced to change his mind should the hunger remain once his playing days are over, for now though, the decision seems to be a resounding no.
“Maybe you will want to have that intensity and you can’t live without it, then I come back for sure.”
“I’ve had some great managers and they gave me some experience, great managing skills as well, but right now I would say I do not fancy it.”
Mertesacker will line up this week as Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners will be looking to get their second win of the season on the board against an unbeaten Liverpool side who have looked reasonably solid in their first two outings. When asked abouy his thoughts ahead of the game he said the following,
“It’s the first test against a title contender, so it’s a chance to see how good we are. We need to turn up, especially at home, with the right intensity and a kind of aggressive nature we maybe lacked in the first home game.”
A win for the Gunners should lift them into the ptop 5 and back above London rivals Chelsea after their 2-3 win against West Brom this afternoon.
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