Per Mertesacker believes he can go from strength to strength at the heart of the Arsenal back line despite his rocky start to the season.
"It was quite a short time for me to settle in," he said. "It was very close to the deadline so it was a tough month for me. I think in England the best players in the world are here. They have a lot of strength, a lot of speed, it doesn't compare to the Bundesliga. The technical [ability] is similar, but the speed and the physical power is different.
"If you have no pre-season with the team then that makes it more difficult. People think it's easy to connect with your club, your team-mates, but it takes time," added Mertesacker.
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