Per Mertesacker has been slammed by fellow German Dietmar Hamann, who claims that the Arsenal captain has disrespected the club and fans.
Mertesacker recently revealed the agony he goes through every time he plays football at the highest level and is desperate for the season to finish so that he will “be free for the first time in my life”.
The defender said that he wanted to vomit before high profile games and that he was having “to choke so violently until my eyes tear”. Mertesacker also revealed that was relieved when Germany was knocked out of the 2006 World Cup semi-final because it lifted the pressure on him to perform.
For some, these admissions show courage and to some extent how good Mertesacker was when you consider what he had to go through just to get on to the field of play but Hamann is not one of those that feels any sympathy for the 33-year-old.
“He makes another statement that is questionable for me,” Hamann said on German Sky.
“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.”