Arsenal star opens up on injury: This is not the end of me
The German defender is yet to feature for Arsenal this season after suffering the injury in pre-season.
He has been working on his comeback at a rehab clinic in Donaustauf, Germany.
And the 32-year-old insists he is making good progress and will be able to be an important player upon his return.
"I know that I need to allow myself time," Mertesacker told German football magazine Kicker.
"The more time I allow my knee, the longer I'll be able to play football.
"I can increase the workload already and I am no longer in pain.
"I believe that I can reach a level again... read more
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