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Mertesacker: I quit Germany for Arsenal

Per Mertesacker says he quit international football for the sake of Arsenal.

The centre-half, 30, called time on his Germany career after winning the World Cup in Brazil.

He said: "I reflected and last season was very tough.

"This season won't be less intense so I needed a chance to rest and refuel. I want to push forward with the club now to show I can still improve.

"I realised over the last few years that the club really needs me and that was a big motivation to win something with them and then with Germany. Now I'm really focused to do even more with Arsenal.

"There's even more respect and support here than I expected when I signed. This club has topped everything and I'm really proud to be part of it, especially after learning more about the fans and its history.

"As vice-captain I feel more responsibility for my work here and I want to achieve more in my next three years with Arsenal.

"One chapter has closed and the other one has opened even more, that's how it feels for me."

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