Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann has hit out at Gunners captain Per Mertesacker for disrespecting the fans and the team after his latest comments.
Mertesacker, 33, recently claimed that he prefers to watch Arsenal play than play for Arsenal, and according to Hamann, this is disrespectful, as Arsenal is still paying him to play. Mertesacker had explained this feeling to be caused by anxiety, which has been affecting him throughout his career.
“He makes another statement that is questionable for me. He is still under contract with Arsenal and says that he has no more buck and likes to sit in the stands. He is still paid by the club and has a responsibility. I find that disrespectful to the fans, his team-mates, and the coach. The club is up to its neck at the moment and then you have one of the captains who sits down and says that he no longer wants to play for the club,” Hamann said on Sky in Germany.
The defender is set to retire at the end of the season and take up a position as the head of Arsenal’s academy.