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Werder Bremen chief Allofs backing Mertesacker for Arsenal success

Werder Bremen chief Klaus Allofs is backing Per Mertesacker for success at Arsenal.

Mertesacker left Werder for Arsenal last week.

Allofs told Kreiszeitung Syke: "Per Mertesacker always said he would have loved to remain with us. I trust him, he is simply an absolute honest character.

"But he also said he would love to join Arsenal now. This is why we then started to negotiate a deal.

"We were not taken by complete surprise as you could foresee such a bid. We agreed with Arsenal FC on Tuesday, these negotiations went quickly. We are delighted with the deal."

Allofs added: "I believe Per Mertesacker is a good fit, he will do well in the Premiership. He will break through. It's obvious his game needs a bit of adopting to that standard there. But he is an intelligent player, he will do so."

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