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Per's retirement boost for Arsenal

Per Mertesacker's international retirement has got to be good news for Arsenal.

The 29-year-old vice-captain seems ready to focus on his club career and I can imagine him staying at Arsenal for the foreseeable future.

Mertesacker has never relied on pace, so shouldn't show many signs of decline as he reaches his 30s.

Once Arteta leaves, Per is now in line to be Arsenal's next captain.

He might not have long to wait and clearly he's ready to commit to a new role at the club as soon as it's offered.

Or maybe he's realised he may have have a fight on his hands to retain his Arsenal place, since Chambers's arrival.

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