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Arsenal signing Mertesacker savaged by German press: Loser, disorientated, overwhelmed

Arsenal signing Per Mertesacker had a nightmare for Germany in their draw with Poland.

Mertesacker, paired with former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng in an experimental line-up, took the brunt of the blame.

Newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung claimed he looked "disorientated and lacking dynamism" in his "failed comeback"; Die Welt said "Mertesacker showed once again that he is overwhelmed with swift counterattacks"; and Bild called him one of the "losers of the week".

But coach Joachim Loew said: "We have conceded the fewest goals, which speaks for our defence."

Mertesacker, set to make his Emirates debut against Swansea on Saturday said: "I am really looking forward to it, but I also feel nervous. It's a new challenge in a new country."

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