Gunners defender is fast becoming a cult hero.
Bayern Munich midfield player Mario Gotze has paid tribute to compatriot Per Mertesacker on Facebook after the German scored his country’s winning goal against arch-rivals England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night, according to reports on the Daily Mail.
The giant Arsenal centre back was in the right place at the right time to head home Gotze’s inch-perfect right-wing centre past a stranded Three Lions keeper Joe Hart to give the visitors a 1-0 win over Roy Hodgson’s men at the home of football.
And after the victory in the capital, the new Bayern star took to his Facebook page to praise his fellow countryman, with Gotze even cheekily referring to the defender’s recently acquired new nickname given to him by the north London club’s fans in his post.
“1-0 victory against Englang (sic) at Wembley yesterday. Per aka Big F**king German scores with a header,” wrote Goetze.
The Germany international central defender is hugely popular with the supporters of the Gunners, and they can often be heard serenading the 29-year-old with the song: “Big F**king German” at the Emirates.
Mertesacker has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season for Arsene Wenger’s side, with the German having so far featured in nine Premier League contests, scoring one goal in the process, as the club lead the table by two points from Liverpool.