Per Mertesacker interview

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    squiggle Full Member

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    A good interview with a bright man, giving an interesting look into the life of a footballer.

    http://news.arseblog.com/2018/03/pe...he-physical-and-mental-ordeals-of-his-career/

    “My body is finished. Everyone says I should enjoy the last year, play as much as possible, take everything in. I’d rather sit on the bench or – even better – in the stands.
    And then, for the first time over the age of 30, I’ll feel free in my life.”

    “Even if I had to vomit before every game and go to rehab 20 times, I would do it all again and again.

    “It was worth it for all the memories.”
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    Gopher Brown Full Member

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    We sometimes forget that footballers are human beings and just want to do as well as possible. The money they earn is often the focus, as if earning £100k per week excuses you from everything that comes with being a flawed human being.
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    VP89 Pogba's biggest fan

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    He's becoming a coach with Arsenal at the end of the season isn't he?
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    You'd feel for him reading that article. Plenty will come out and criticise him for not appreciating what he has but every one of us had issues and demons that we deal with.

    Most of us don't have to expose ours in front of 60,000 screaming eijits every week.
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    Amongst others, the German Sky "pundits" (including former players like Matthäus) criticized him heavily yesterday. Too bad that for some it's still seen as a weakness in football when a player opens up and shares his feelings.
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    Acrobat7 Full Member

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    It was just more proof why nobody with even half a brain ever hired a guy like Matthäus.
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    Yes, he's going to be the Academy manager.
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    oneniltothearsenal Caf's Milton Friedman (and Arse aficionado) Scout

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    While Per is a great person, this really begs a serious question that is representative of the mismanagement at Arsenal:

    Who in the bloody hell thinks its a good idea to give a one-year players contract to someone whose "body is finished" and would rather watch matches in the stands not even on the bench?
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    Really good read.

    I agree with Mertesacker about finding football hard to deal with mentally. I was a somewhat decent enough player, but I don’t think I had the bottle go any further than I did. I’d always get nervous and stressed before games too.

    I’m always amazed at how the young players deal with the criticism they get nowadays.

    I think of McTominay breaking through here and you get some idiots on twitter and various other social platforms calling him shite etc, it must be hard to deal with that as his age I know I couldn’t.
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    Because they want him in and around the squad. Arsenal have a lot of inexperienced players.
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    Because he is a professional and will still try is best if called upon, I reckon.
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    Alan Hansen said that he found retiring liberating. He used to throw up before big games too and says he doesn’t miss playing at all.
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    Matthäus is just an ordinary ticket tout.
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    oneniltothearsenal Caf's Milton Friedman (and Arse aficionado) Scout

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    Could have just made him a coach. It's part of a pattern of keeping and paying players too long past the point they actually contribute as players. Made the same mistake with Arteta.
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    It's a great and insightful interview. It shows you can suffer a lot from the pressure to perform, even if you perform. I think Per Mertesacker would probably not have given an interview that open if it were not for his position with his active career close to an end, and having won the argably biggest trophy in football. The bit about him being glad when Germany went out against Italy in 2006 would certainly be received even worse if he hadn't managed to win the WC later on. Or rather, nobody would want to hear from a 'loser' that it was so hard to play that it even was a relief to lose.
    Also the things he says about recurring injuries, which, according to him, are the only possibility to get a moment of peace from the treadmill of professional football, and thus have more psychological than physical causes, are certainly worth noting.
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    Played a Sunday league game today that meant nothing, in front of basically no one but I was still shitting it. Don't know how some of these take trophy-winning penalties. Maybe they are borderline psychopaths after all.
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    Funnily Matthäus in 11Freunde-magazine told in 2013 that "there were moments in his career in which he nearly choked on (?) the pressure of the public expectations"
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    Vidyoyo Self-confessed coffee shop chat-up expert

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    People already answered but we did the same with Ibra. Good influence to have.
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    What a cry baby :rolleyes:
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    What an idiotic comment.
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    Per is a joke. He never came back after the 2014 world cup in brazil yet hes been drawing a salary for the last 4 years. No idea why hes still at the club hes a perfect example of what a mess Arsenal is.
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    Ish Lights on for Luke

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    Some harsh comments in here.
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    I have a lot of tine and respect for professional footballers.
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    Great interview.

    Footballs should be allowed to speak about the immense pressure - of course they earn more money per month than we in our lifetime, but still... they are humans. And if footballers don't dare to speak about their "weak" moments and thoughts, more Enke-tragedies will happen.
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    Nick7 Full Member

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    Yep, the amount of pressure on those players is absolutely immense, especially now with the money involved.
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    Welsh Wonder A dribbling mess on the sauce

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    There's like two harsh comments
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    Maagge enjoys sex, doesn't enjoy women not into ONS

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    I've had teammates who would literally go to the shitter four times before any given game. I simply can't get my head around it. I'm always looking forward to playing especially if there's some kind of attendance. Of course playing in front of ~150 is wildly different from what the pros have to deal with.
    Anyway, mentalities are different I suppose.
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    Ish Lights on for Luke

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    Yeah, and it ended up being like 2 of the last 3 comments before I posted. Probably impacted my hyperbole a wee bit. Hope you're well WW.
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    Welsh Wonder A dribbling mess on the sauce

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    Sorry man, I'm a bit all over the shop today so that post looks way harsher than I meant it! Hope you're having a better day than me :lol:
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    Good and matter of fact interview. People forget these guys are just like us, they just do it on a bigger stage. Most i ever played in front of was 1000 or so at most and I still remember the pressure, the fear and the excitement of it. It's like a drug and it must be a million times bigger when you do it in front of 50000 every week.
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    Ish Lights on for Luke

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    :lol: it's all good man! Think we need to go to the Entertainment forum and unwind a bit!

    I'm alright, thank you. Hope your day gets better.

    OT though, it's crazy how you have to remind yourself that these footballers are humans too. My first reaction is always "aargh, I'd kill to have your life, so stop complaining"...but that's quite unfair. they have challenges like the rest of us, and as much as we love football....I am sure the amount of sacrifices and pressure they're exposed to, does take the joy/fun out of it a fair bit. And to simply dismiss their challenges with "you earn x amount a week" is pretty harsh.
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    The same