Giant German defender on way to Emirates Stadium?
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Sport.co.uk understands that Werder Bremen central defender Per Mertesacker is ready to quit the Bundesliga club in search of a move to another top European league with Arsene Wenger the early frontrunner for the German international’s signature.
Arsenal manager Wenger has been linked previously with the big German stopper, however the centre half ruled out a move last summer pledging his short-term future to the German side.
Sport.co.uk can confirm having spoken with a source close to the player that Mertesacker is ready to quit the Bundesliga for another top league, with the Gunners still interested in the giant defender’s services.
“I think he would like to move.” The source told Sport.co.uk.
“Or let me say it like this – he would be interested in seeing other countries.” (Sport.co.uk)
Arsenal’s defence has looked shaky on a number of occasions this season, with new centre backs Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci still accustomising themselves to the Premier League – and each other.
Perhaps that is the problem.
Both Arsenal’s current first choice centre halves are unfamiliar with the country, division and playing colleagues, and haven’t yet had the time to establish a strong partnership.
In recent games, each of the two Frenchmen has been caught out of position by running forward to meet the ball, and leaving space in behind, but the worst example of their lack of understanding was against Fulham.
The two players both went for the same ball in the air, and instead ended up banging their heads together, which left a huge gap behind them for Diomansy Kamara to exploit.
This is why Per Mertesacker could be extremely useful for Arsene Wenger’s team.
Aged just 26, he has been a first choice central defender for Germany for the last six years, and is a calm head and good leader at the back.
He is renowned for his excellent discipline and aerial threat from set pieces, and at 6’6″ he would dramatically increase the average height of the Arsenal squad.
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