Mertesacker reacts to playing just one game this season

Per Mertesacker has given his reaction to Sunday’s affair against Everton which saw him make his first appearance of the season.

The veteran defender was hit by a serious knee injury in July, right before the beginning of the campaign.

And despite completing his recovery a couple of months ago, it took until yesterday for Mertesacker to make his first appearance of the season.

“It’s a bit sad but I never look back, always look forward [because there are] quick changes in this league,” the German defender said

“Today we had a couple of injuries before the game that made me in the squad. Then we unfortunately had a red card and another injury, which gave me a chance to play. But I felt quite good, honestly.

“What I did in training over the last year paid off today. Being on the pitch with the boys is what I used to do for 15 years. I’m still learning but I’m used to it. Take nothing for granted but it was special today.

“It’s a nice atmosphere after a win and we appreciate the fans and vice-versa. It’s a nice atmosphere but we didn’t get what we wanted, so there’s a little bit of disappointment. But heading to the FA Cup final is something we’re buzzed about.”

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