Search

Arsenal defender discusses Arsene Wenger’s rotatation policy

07:41 08 October 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger takes his side to Bradford on Tuesday night. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger takes his side to Bradford on Tuesday night. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker insists that the competition for places is a good thing after being part of the side that beat West Ham on Saturday.

The German was only on the bench against Chelsea because of a virus, with Laurent Koscielny selected on the bench.

With the Frenchman the other option for manager Arsene Wenger depending on what challenges the Gunners face – Saturday’s was the aerial threat of fit-again England striker Andy Carroll - there seems to be little prospect of a regular defensive partnership but the German sees this as a good thing..

“The manager told us before the start of the season that we have a lot of good centre-backs and is convinced we can make the team stronger and stronger because we have a lot of these good players in every position,” he said.

“The manager said he would change sometimes and I think that’s great for our development.

“The dressing room is full of good lads, we are looking forward to every game.

“All of the subs who came in against West Ham were fantastic and we have a great squad, we can feel the confidence rising.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

7 minutes ago
Roberto Soldado in action for Spurs against Fiorentina (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Roberto Soldado’s embarrassing mistake was the “key” moment in Tottenham’s Europa League exit, but Mauricio Pochettino had no regrets about playing the misfiring striker ahead of Harry Kane.

Yesterday, 16:30
Arsenal in the Community head Alan Sefton at the new sports centre on Queensland Road

As Arsenal in the Community celebrate their 30th anniversary this week, it could certainly be said that the scheme has come full circle.

Tottenham's summer signing Ben Davies won the League Cup with Swansea in 2013

Ben Davies won’t give up hope of starting in another League Cup final – even if he is named in the line-up for tonight’s Europa League tie in Florence.

Yesterday, 08:00
Nick Tompkins' (right) in action for Saracens

Saracens return to Allianz Park on Saturday when Newcastle Falcons are the visitors – and the hosts are aiming to return to winning ways after a disappointing display against Sale Sharks last weekend.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

The Press Association’s education correspondent discusses Labour’s tuition fee plans

Clarkson doesn’t think Top Gear is for “for people who wear pink ties”. We fear he may be limiting his audience.

A girl from south Manchester fell ill after taking a tablet thought to contain ecstasy

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder