Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker doesn't fancy coaching role when he hangs up his boots 'because intensity of that is massive'

  • Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has admitted he doesn't 'fancy' a coaching role
  • The World Cup winner is preparing for Monday's crunch clash with Liverpool 
  • Defender Mertesacker admitted the intensity of being a manager 'is massive'
  • The 30-year-old has also urged his Gunners team-mates to find consistency 

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted he doesn't 'fancy' a coaching role when he hangs up his boots because the intensity required of a manager is too much. 

The World Cup winner, 30, has become a fans' favourite in north London since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2011 and was also a popular figure when he represented Germany.

But despite experiencing the highs of World Cup glory in Brazil last summer, Mertesacker has revealed becoming a manager once he retires from football doesn't appeal to him.

Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has admitted he doesn't 'fancy' a coaching role when he hangs up his boots

Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has admitted he doesn't 'fancy' a coaching role when he hangs up his boots

The towering defender celebrates his side's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace with the club's fans last weekend 

The towering defender celebrates his side's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace with the club's fans last weekend 

'I don’t see myself coaching because the intensity of that is massive, and the intensity as a manager, for example Arsene Wenger, is even more,' he told The Observer.

'Maybe you will want to have that intensity and you can’t live without it, then I come back for sure. I’ve had some great managers and they gave me some experience, great managing skills as well, but right now I would say I do not fancy it.

Meanwhile, the centre-back believes Arsenal must perform to a better standard throughout the season if they're to win their first Premier League title since 2004.

The Gunners lost their opening Premier League fixture against West Ham this season but bounced back with victory against Crystal Palace last weekend. 

The Gunners centre-back has revealed the intensity required of a manager is too much at the moment

The Gunners centre-back has revealed the intensity required of a manager is too much at the moment

Mertesacker arrived at Arsenal from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2011 and is a fans' favourite 

Mertesacker arrived at Arsenal from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2011 and is a fans' favourite 

However, Mertesacker, who has cemented his place as a regular at the Emirates, says Arsene Wenger's side must find consistency.

'If you compare us to Chelsea, the reigning champions, I think they lost only three games last season. That’s something we haven’t been able to do,' he added.

'We lost six, seven or eight games per season, that’s not good enough to win a championship.' 

The defender was capped 104 times by Germany and helped them win the World Cup before retiring

The defender was capped 104 times by Germany and helped them win the World Cup before retiring

Arsenal are preparing for their crunch clash against Liverpool on Monday and a victory will move them level on points with Brendan Rodgers' side.

And the towering defender, who announced his retirement from international football following the World Cup, is looking forward to the match.

'It’s the first test against a title contender, so it’s a chance to see how good we are. We need to turn up, especially at home, with the right intensity and a kind of aggressive nature we maybe lacked in the first home game.'