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.