Many Arsenal fans loved Per Mertesacker’s display in the 2017 FA Cup final where the north London club beat the Premier League champions at the time, Chelsea, 2-1 at Wembley to secure a record 13th FA Cup title and the seventh under former manager Arsene Wenger.
As per the BBC, Mertesacker played a key part in the win, as the outlet described his performance as ‘faultless’ and gave a ‘masterclass in positioning, timing and making crucial interceptions’. Some supporters definitely agreed with the ‘masterclass’ analysis and expressed their opinions on Twitter. This display was especially impressive considering that he had only played 37 minutes in the entire campaign before starting in the final.
‘The BFG’ as the German was known by people at the club is now the Head of the Arsenal Academy. Mertesacker made 221 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, winning three FA Cups in total, according to Transfermarkt. The 35-year old also made 104 appearances for Germany and won the World Cup in Brazil with them in 2014.
These Gooners loved their former captain’s display and showed their appreciation after highlights were posted on the club’s official Twitter page:
This was such a masterclass man, made so many journos eat their words that day
— Ben Hayes (@MrBenLDN) March 27, 2020
Wonderful performance form BFG
— Muneeb Shaikh (@MuneebS10132373) March 27, 2020
Tears in my eyes at this masterclass
— DCM (@PrefersNot) March 27, 2020
He was magnificent
— Jon Brooks (@jonbrooksnobby) March 27, 2020
I watched the reply @ARSCHELFACFINAL this morning and I realized how good Per was for ARSFC. That was a standout performance.
— Har Weh Dah (@HarWehDah) March 27, 2020
— Jari Kivinen (@JKivinen) March 27, 2020
@Rxguee Mertersacker had Chelsea on ropes and hadn’t even played a full 90 mins all season
— Generic (@JustGeneric_) March 27, 2020
Complete game by the captain.
— Ndi Mapipi (@sportshypemukwa) March 27, 2020
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