Five consecutive wins in the Premier League has Arsenal receiving all the plaudits by ease, but Per Mertesacker in particular is having to work for any praises.

After back-to-back starts in the Gunners’ last two games following his return from illness, the German appears to be a first-choice option for Arsene Wenger at centre-back.

However, some fans are disputing the idea of Mertesacker starting ahead of Gabriel after the 31-year-old’s display during the first half of the trip to Swansea City.

After a suspected hand-ball and a few nervy moments nearly gifted the opposition a goal on Saturday, the German veteran is becoming Arsenal’s weakest link according to some fans on social media.

And from an envious Tottenham fan….

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