By Giuseppe Muro

New Arsenal signing Per Mertesacker believes his wealth of experience at international level will help him settle quickly into life at Arsenal.

The German central defender has amassed 76 caps for his country and played in two World Cups since debuting as a 20-year-old under Jurgen Klinsmann in 2004.

After training with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, Mertesacker is in contention to start when newly-promoted Swansea come to Emirates Stadium at the weekend.

And he feels his time with the national side will allow him to slot seamlessly into Arsenal’s back four as he gets to grips with the rigours of Premier League football.

“It is a little bit easier if you have played a World Cup for Germany and I hope I can use my experiences in my career,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We met England and that is a great experience I have. But I also have to improve myself and that should be my first thought.

“It’s exciting to be here but I have a lot of experience in football so that is OK for me. I am very happy and I am very glad to be here.

“Arsenal is one of the top teams in Europe and I have been looking out for Arsenal since I got my first jersey when I was ten or 12. Arsenal has always been special for me.”

The full interview with Per is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: his move to Arsenal, Tony Adams, the advice Jens Lehmann has given him, his first day of training, adapting to English football, Saturday’s game against Swansea and his message for the fans.

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9 Sep 2011