Schweinsteiger: Arsenal defender Mertesacker among best in world

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger rates Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker among the best in Europe.

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger rates Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker among the best in Europe.

Schweinsteiger – whose Bayern side face the Gunners in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday – has hailed the impact of the giant stopper.

"Per has made them one of the most defensively solid teams in England – and they look to have addressed their problems," the Bayern midfielder told the Sunday Mirror.

"It was always going to take Per time to adjust to a new league.

"But now we see him for what he is which is one of the best central defenders in Europe with fantastic positional awareness and real leadership qualities."

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