Per Mertesacker may have retired from international duty with Germany, but he is firmly focused on his responsibility for Arsenal.
The 29-year-old defender announced that he will not play for his country anymore this week after becoming a World Cup winner earlier this summer.
The Arsenal centre-back was part of Germany’s 23-man World Cup squad that won the tournament for the fourth time in history.
Mertesacker made his debut for Die Mannschaft back in 2004 and went on to feature in five major competitions for the European giants, scoring four goals in 104 international matches in the process.
Having now called time on his international career, the former Werder Bremen star has a new ambition: to lead Arsenal to glory this season.
Arsenal will head into the 2014-15 season brimming with hope and optimism. The Gunners have made some good signings, including Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, and are one of the favourites to win the Premier League.
Having ended a nine-year trophy drought with FA Cup success in May, Arsene Wenger’s side clinched the FA Community Shield with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City at London’s Wembley Stadium last weekend.
The Gunners will kick off the new league campaign with a clash against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
How important is Per Mertesacker to Arsenal’s Premier League title chances?