Garth Crooks has named Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker at the defence in his latest English Premier League team of the week.
The former Spurs striker described his surprise at seeing the Arsenal captain selected to start for Wenger’s team in their 2-1 defeat to Watford.
However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been forced to rotate his back-line following the injury of German Shkodran Mustafi.
Per Mertesacker is likely to remain in the squad after defender Laurent Koscileny was substituted with a muscle injury.
The 33-year-old German only played two matches last campaign, one of which came at Wembley Stadium in the English FA Cup final at Chelsea.
The retiring Arsenal star was named as one of the best players on the field as Arsenal denied the English Premier League champions the opportunity to seal a league-cup double.