Arsenal defender Mertesacker ready to face Stoke's Crouch

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is ready to face Stoke City striker Peter Crouch today.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is ready to face Stoke City striker Peter Crouch today.

The 27-year-old, signed from Werder Bremen in an £8million deal last summer, feels these contrasts make the Premier League such an exciting prospect every game.

"I played against him [Crouch] at Wembley so it is not a new situation," said the German.

"When you look at Sunderland and [Stephane] Sessegnon and then one week later you play against Peter Crouch, it is weird, but you have to deal with this."

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