Parlour comments on a weakness in Arsenal's Per Mertesacker

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Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has suggested there is a basic flaw in the game of defender Per Mertesacker.

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour explained on talkSPORT a flaw he’s spotted in current Gunners centre back Per Mertesacker.

Parlour gas suggested that the German will always be vulnerable in the club’s backline because of his lack of pace, which can give strikers an instant advantage if they’re smart and play against him in the right way.

“The thing about Mertesacker is that if you can run in behind him, he is sometimes pace less when he does turn and you’ve got that half a yard as a striker to take advantage,” he said.

Mertesacker is a very experienced player and while he does lack a yard of pace, he compensates that with his intelligence and positional play.

He’s had to adapt since he arrived at the club, because Arsene Wenger likes to encourage the club’s backline to move higher up the pitch.

He also offers Arsenal an advantage in terms of his aerial strength, which is significant against sides that look to hit the Gunners over the top.

The boss has also been clever in ensuring that there is a quick player next to him whether that’s Laurent Koscielny or Gabriel Paulista.

The Mirror has previously reported that Arsenal will be looking to add a defender to their ranks over the summer but while Mertesacker is never going to be the quickest player, he is honest and the club knows exactly what they are getting from him whenever he plays.

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