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Everything in life, they say, has a time and season. For Arsenal captain and World Cup winner, Per Mertesacker, that time to say goodbye to the game has come.
The German defender has gotten to the end of his career that he no longer feels being part of the Arsenal setup is a thing he should continue.
Mertesacker who bared everything during a honest interview with German media publication Der Spiegel said he has entered the twilight of his career, and an imminent retirement is on the horizon.
In an effort to ease his transition into the next phase of his life, the Gunners captain will take a role within the Emirates club as he would be part of the academy setup.
Already, the World Cup winner has seen his time on the pitch greatly reduce in the past two seasons and he admitted he might not have the physical and mental strength to continue the game, especially in a very physical Premier League.
He didn’t just speak about his imminent desire to quit the game, he further shed light on the difficulties of being a top class player in a top club like Arsenal: “Some days you realize that everything is a burden, both physically and mentally…but you have to deliver without a doubt, even if you are injured.”
With this honest announcement, Gunners fans should be ready to see a replacement in the summer even if it remains unknown if Arsene Wenger will stay beyond this season.