Per Mertesacker has revealed his admiration for Arsenal legend Tony Adams and has defined him as a 'special one'.
The Germany centre-back joined the Gunners from Werder Bremen on transfer deadline day and could make his debut against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is looking forward to his adventure with Arsenal and hopes that he can follow in the footsteps of Adams, who played for the London club between 1983 and 2002 and won the league four times, as well as lifting the FA Cup on three occasions.
"We didn't get many pictures of him on the television (in Germany) but Adams was a legend here," Mertesacker told Arsenal's official website.
"He is a special one for me.
"When I was looking at English football I always looked to Arsenal and he was one of the great defenders when I was ten or 12 years old. I knew he was the centre-half for Arsenal.
"I like the players [like Adams] very much - I have enjoyed seeing them over the years. I hope I can improve my performances here and get better and better - I want to be useful for the team."
Arsenal have struggled so far this season, having garnered just a point from three league fixtures.