Per Mertesacker Impresses Wenger

  • Last Updated: September 27 2011, 15:19 BST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that Per Mertesacker is settling in nicely at the club and improving all the time.

Mertesacker: Wenger pleased with defender

The Germany international was snapped up by Wenger before the transfer window closed to bolster the club's defensive option.

Mertesacker has been with Arsenal a month and Wenger believes his leadership qualities are having a big impact on the side.

The experienced defender turns 27 this week and the French tactician feels he is now beginning to show his true form.

"Per is getting stronger and stronger," said Wenger.

"He is calm, intelligent and he is now showing clearly that he can lead the defence."

The former Werder Bremen defender is encouraged by Wenger's praise, although he knows he needs to keep working on his game.

"If the coach is praising me, that is of course a great thing to hear," said the 76-cap international defender.

"But I have to keep working on things, I know I can play even better. I want to put in some good work, especially on defence, that's my job."