Per Mertesacker: 'It takes a year to adapt to the physical side of the Premier League'

Mertesacker needed a year to adapt
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Per Mertesacker admits that he lacked focus in his first season as an Arsenal player.

Per Mertesacker has admitted that he lacked focus in his debut season in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen last year, making 21 league appearances for the Gunners in his first term.

The German international told the Sunday Express: "There were quite a few games last season when I didn't have enough focus on tackling. I had to learn it, and learn it quickly, to cope with the physical stuff.

"It was a difficult time for Arsenal when I arrived. They had bought players quickly in a few days, and there was a new city, a new language and a new team for me to adapt to. You need at least one year to feel comfortable with everything.

"I had a lot of disappointments, but I have come back in a stronger way. It gave me a new motivation to prove myself in England."

Mertesacker was part of the Arsenal team that lost 1-0 to Norwich yesterday.

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