Arsenal’s Mertesacker To Retire

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Arsenal's captain Per Mertesacker has revealed his intention to hand his boots. The German centre half has said that he can not cope with the demands of professional football anymore.

The 32-year-old, who put in a brilliant performance in the Gunners' FA Cup triumph over Chelsea, also revealed that he was in talks with the club management over a non-football role.

"I was extremely lucky with my career and I want to finish on a high," Mertesacker told Sport1.

"I am motivated, but I cannot play every three days any more. I don't want to stretch my luck.

"I recently told him [Wenger] that I am tired, mentally wasted. The first time in my career I thought it makes no sense anymore, that I'll retire. No matter how hard I practiced I didn't get a chance.

"At Arsenal you are replaceable so quickly as a player, I don't want to stand in someone's way. Winning the FA Cup was an extreme close which I could not expect.

"Arsenal want to keep hold of me and there are already talks. It will be in the business operations. I will stand on the other side."

Mertesacker joined the Gunners from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has appeared 210 times, winning three FA Cups. He was a member of the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup.

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