His contributions were not restricted to the attacking end of the field and fans took to Twitter to nominate him for the captain's armband with the Gunners, laud him as one of the best in the world in his position and claim the defeat to Manchester United recently in the Premier League could have been avoided had Mertesacker featured in Arsene Wenger's selection.
The tall centre back was also singled out for praise by his national team manager Joachim Low, who told reporters after the game: 'Per definitely organised our defence and has been a pillar of strength.
'He's known for his stability and his positioning and he's made a step forward since moving to Arsenal,' he concluded, as quoted by the Express.
The highlight of Mertesacker's towering header and a selection of Twitter reactions are below…
Hodgson on Mertesacker goal: "We knew we would have problems at corners. Unfortunately tonight we weren't at our tallest' #eng— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 19, 2013
Per Mertesacker is one of the best central defenders in the World.— ★Jak★ (@jak_star) November 20, 2013
We need a captain that plays most games and Mertesacker fits the bill.— Ömry ♚ (@dannmwagi) November 20, 2013
Im ok with england losing if an Arsenal man scores the lone goal of the game Good Goal @per_mertesacker— arsenal (@JoeyHennessy1) November 20, 2013