One of the revelations this season has been the new defensive solidity. The Gunners are yet to concede a goal after three games, and this has coincided with the return to top form of the German international Per Mertesacker. He is making it difficult for one of the best players of last season, Laurent Koscielny, gethis place back.
Maybe it is the influence of Arsene Wenger’s new assistant Steve Bould, or maybe he is just more settled after a year in England. Mertesacker’s long term girlfriend, Ulrike Stange, gave birth to the couple’s first child last April so the central defender might not have been getting enough sleep last season.
Ulrike is also a professinal athlete, she plays Handball for the German national team as well as for Vfl Oldenburg, having played for years for HC Leipzig. The 28=year old was a highly decorated player but has put her career on hold to raise their son Paul. With his parents pedigree, it might be worth Wenger signing him up on a pre-contract deal soon.
She certainly is gorgeous and no wonder Per is such a happy-go-lucky chap!
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