Per Mertesacker: ‘Some fans want a selfie but sometimes I want to say: Let’s just shake hands’

Per Mertesacker: ‘Some fans want a selfie but sometimes I want to say: Let’s just shake hands’:

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Conversation flows in Per Mertesacker’s company. Gregarious, candid and good fun, the German has talked for more than an hour, discussing everything from Brexit and Angela Merkel to Martin Keown and Phil Collins. He has explained why he prefers a handshake rather than a selfie on the tube, the thinking behind singing Drake lyrics in the Arsenal dressing room and, with one eye on his future role as the club’s academy manager, revealed how he wants to help the youngsters that are rejected, not just those that make it. Yet the only place to start is with Spike, his pet guinea pig.