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Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has shockingly admitted he never wants to play for the club again.
The German World Cup winner has revealed how he will finally “live free” once he retires to become academy coach in the summer.
Mertesacker, 33, has made just 13 appearances in the last two seasons and he admits playing football at the highest level is taking its toll on his body.
He told Der Spiegel: “My body is finished.
“Everyone says I should enjoy the last year, to play as much as possible and take everything in.
“I would rather sit on the bench or – even better – in the stands, and then, for the first time in my life, aged more than 30, I will feel free.
“Some days you realise that everything is a burden, both physically and mentally, but you have to deliver without a doubt, even if you are injured.
“In the moments before a game starts, my stomach turns around as if I had to vomit. Then I have to choke so violently until my eyes water.
“Even if I had to vomit before every game and go to rehab 20 times, I would do it all over again.
“It was worth it for all of the memories.”
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