Jan 21

Snapshot: Young Per Mertesacker poses in his Arsenal shirt aged 11

If there’s one footballer with Arsenal DNA, then defender Per Mertesacker certainly has to be up there.

The 28-year-old’s boyhood affection for the Gunners stems from his teenage years, with Mertesacker bringing home an Arsenal shirt after visiting his auntie over in England – and he hasn’t looked back since.

German international Mertesacker, who joined the club on transfer deadline day in August, posted up a picture of himself aged 11 (pictured, right) via social networking site Facebook earlier.

“When I was young and visited England with my auntie, as somebody who was football crazy, I simply had to come back with a shirt”, Mertesacker revealed after signing for the club.

“I can’t remember why, but I came back with an Arsenal shirt and my brother had a Manchester United one. This affinity has grown over more than 10 years and now the loop closes because I am delighted to finally get to play at a team I always supported and where I always wanted to appear eventually.”

However, Mertesacker isn’t the only Arsenal player who has been pictured wearing a red and white shirt in their younger years, with current captain Robin van Persie showing his support for the club in an photoshoot as a¬†schoolboy below.

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5 Responses to “Snapshot: Young Per Mertesacker poses in his Arsenal shirt aged 11”

  1. beje says:

    A true gunners of Merte and RVP I hope they will end their football years in our club.

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  2. Hey robin van why u wana leave arsenal ur fan of arse

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  3. babavyrus says:

    with this pictures.it only proves one thing.there is arsenal blood all through their body.and it shows in their eyes.very soon they would only know of arsenal and nothing else

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  4. Rimau says:

    What was Mertesacker height at that time? I believe he was taller than the adult arshavin

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  5. GoonerEris says:

    Damn, Rimau. That was funny.

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