That is the view of pundit and previous Arsenal striker Paul Mariner.
Mariner was once deciding on the XI he thinks is Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s absolute best.
Despite being named membership captain in the summertime of 2016, Mertesacker has now not began a Premier League recreation for Arsenal since April that yr.
That is in large part all the way down to a significant knee damage which dominated him out of the bulk of ultimate season.
The German World Cup winner has introduced he’s to retire from the pro recreation on the finish of this time period to turn into Arsenal’s academy supervisor.
But regardless of that, Mariner reckons he should play ahead of the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in a four-three-three formation.
“I want security at the back,” Mariner mentioned on ESPN FC.
“There could be some eyebrows raised about Koscielny and Mertesacker.
“Mertesacker perhaps they believe ‘oh he’s previous it’ but if they play in combination, he performs together with his mind Mertesacker, he doesn’t get uncovered.
“We’ve noticed him in large, large video games that everyone says ‘oh he’s going to get run over’, he doesn’t get run over.
“He makes use of his intelligence.”
Mertesacker’s 3 appearances up to now this season have come within the Community Shield, Europa League and Carabao Cup.