In an interview with the German newspaper Zeit the central defender talked about his life in London and the situation of the German national team. When asked about his two coaches Wenger at Arsenal and Löw at the German national team he found a lot of similarities between them.
“Both have a certain decisiveness and certainty of themselves. They are very influential coaches, calm, easy going – and each one with a philosophy that he wants to see being implemented.”
Mertesacker says he was influenced by both of them and that he really appreciates the work of both. He also thinks that the German national coach shouldn’t be criticised and names a reason for that. “Löw has been letting me play for 10 years, so I can’t find a mistake” he said while smiling.
At another part of the interview the German defender revealed that the foreign players at Arsenal don’t seem to give the English national team a lot of hope at the World Cup. According to Mertesacker the players of the Gunners are joking around when talking about the tournament in Brazil.
“We tell the English that they will be eliminated already in the first round by Italy and Uruguay. Nobody, no matter for which country he plays, is self confident enough to say that his team would beat all the others.”
Apart from that he thinks that the English football fans are just as pessimistic about their chances at the World Cup as the German fans. “The English are just as sceptical and always dig in the past: ‘We can’t shoot any penalties, we always lose against Germany’ – that kind of things.”
Mertesacker also seems to be an expert for the public transport system in London. At least he had to help his German compatriots at Arsenal with that.
“I have taken along Poldi to the training during his first two weeks, but Poldi understands quickly. Once in a while Mesut sends me a message with some detailed questions like ‘My family is at the airport in Heathrow. How do they get to me?’. Then I write: With the Heathrow Express until Paddington Station. From there with the subway passing King’s Cross to Hampstead.”
His knowledge comes from the fact, that Mertesacker “once in a while” takes the Tube. “London is so huge, so colourful that nobody recognizes me.”
The tall German really seems to enjoy his time at Arsenal and his life in London. His appreciation for his two coaches Wenger and Löw is quite big, but they are probably also happy with his work and with his support of his team mates - not only when it comes to using the public transport system.