Per Mertesacker: ‘As Arsenal academy manager I will challenge the players’ mindsets’

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In an exclusive extract from his new book, the former defender explains what he learned during his career and how footballers must do more to condition their bodies

I invested a lot in my fitness. My personal network [of therapists] cost me 10% of my net salary, several hundreds of thousands of euros. But it was absolutely the right decision and it paid off as after two seasons I extended my contract by a further three years. I wouldn’t have been able to play for a top club for seven years in the Premier League without these additional therapies.

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This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/19/per-mertesacker-book-extract-arsenal-academy-manager under the title “Per Mertesacker: ‘As Arsenal academy manager I will challenge the players’ mindsets’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.