Per Mertesacker insists he would not consider it a failure if he were to retire without ever winning a league title.
Before moving to Arsenal in August 2011, the closest Mertesacker came was a runner-up finish in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen in 2007-08, though he was also part of Germany's victorious World Cup squad in Brazil last summer.
And while Arsenal's desire for a first league title since 2004 grows keener every year, the 30-year-old is adamant that he would not be scarred by hanging up his boots before he ever finishes top of a league table.
"If I look back on my career without having won a league title, I won't see that as a failure," Mertesacker told reporters.
"I'll do my absolute best to make sure that I can prepare for that eventuality."
Arsenal take on Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.