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According to Dietmar Hamann, he claims Arsenal captain has disrespected the club and fans.
The Gunners skipper recently revealed he suffers from career-long anxiety of playing football and the prospect of that coming to an end with his retirement in the summer means he will “be free for the first time in my life”.
Hamann revealed the prospect of big games leaves the World Cup winner wanting to vomit before having “to choke so violently until my eyes tear”.
Mertesacker has made just 11 appearances this season as he winds down his playing contract before taking a backroom role at Arsenal and his recent comments left Hamann unimpressed.
“He makes another statement that is questionable for me,” Hamann said on Sky in Germany.
“He is still under contract with Arsenal and says that he has no more buck and likes to sit in the stands. He is still paid by the club and has a responsibility.
“I find that disrespectful to the fans, his team-mates and the coach. The club is up to its neck at the moment and then you have one of the captains who sits down and says that he no longer wants to play for the club.
“Whether he is the right person to give young players values such as identity and loyalty next year, I have my doubts.”