Ex Arsenal skipper Frank McLintock was happy about the defensive performance Arsenal put on at Dortmund and thinks that Mertesacker has a true chance to become a leader for the club and that the defense is a lot stronger since he came.
The former Gunner told reporters following the Champions League match: “Arsenal sat back a bit but they defended well in the second half. I’m hoping Mertesacker can become a leader for Arsenal. He’s tall enough and has got plenty of caps for Germany, so hopefully he will become a big star.”
McLintock also thinks that in the Premier League battle there is only place for two teams this season. The two teams from Manchester will have to fight for the title and, according to him, the start to the year the two teams had should terrify even the toughest of teams from England.
“It’s looking like the Manchester teams,”
“United have started so well and City,in the two games I’ve seen, have looked fantastic and Nasri and Silva look great.”
“But it does look a bit like Rangers and Celtic down here!”
Arsenal lost a very important tempo in the start of the Premier League, but the same thing happened last season with Chelsea that were pulling away after just a few games, and then they fell out of form for a while. Right now United and City seem favourites, but you never know what can happe,n whatever McLintock says!