Dark Side of the Dream Why Arsenal Star Per Mertesacker Is Happy to Leave Football

After 15 years as a professional football player, Arsenal player Per Mertesacker is hanging up his boots. Plagued by injuries and stressed by the game, he argues that it's time for people to understand its human cost.
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Arsenal star Per Mertesacker

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Arsenal player Per Mertesacker shows off his skills in the air.

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Peer Mertesacker (second from left) with others from the German national team after winning the 2014 World Cup.

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Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal changing room

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