Extra: Wenger on Per and Vermaelen

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker

Arsène Wenger faced the media ahead of the Premier League clash with Stoke City. Here's our round-up of the manager's quotes. For the headlines, visit our Digest page:

on Per Mertesacker...
He is becoming a recognised centre back with being a leader in our team. It took a while, but honestly I think he has improved in his mobility, his technical ability, his personality too. He is not the player today that he was when he arrived here. He is one of the leaders of the team.

on Thomas Vermaelen...
The room [to play] will come back for him, they [Mertesacker and Koscielny] will not play all of the games. Thomas is nearly ready now, he will come back into the team, I am not worried about that. We have three recognised centre backs, that is not many.


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