Bundesliga star wants to stay and fight rather than pursue Emirates move.
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Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker is ignoring talk linking him with a move to England.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Mertesacker as they look to bolster their defensive options, while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the giant centre-half.
However, Mertesacker insists he does not want to think about his own future and is focused on helping Bremen improve their fortunes after a difficult campaign to date.
“We are in a difficult moment with Werder and we should not be talking about me at this time,” Mertesacker told the Kreiszeitung newspaper.
“I am needed here for our day-to-day work and it is my duty to concentrate on that.
“I cannot deal with anything else.”
Mertesacker claims he has no intention of jumping from a sinking ship and says it is only normal that he should be devoted to putting things right at Bremen.
“In certain situations, players should protect themselves by not losing track of the most important things in their job.” (Sky Sports)
Well this is quite laudable. Per Mertesacker wants to fight it out with Werder Bremen to help steer them from the Bundesliga dropzone, which is commendable, does that mean the German international would not consider leaving when all was done and dusted at the end of the season?
Arsene Wenger appears very keen to bring in the vastly experienced 26 year old to help allay his defensive crisis at the Emirates. Thomas Vermaelen and now Sebastien Squillaci are out injured leaving Laurent Koscielny and Johann Djourou as the only recognised centre backs available to the Gunners boss. Not a good position to be in when you are fighting on multiple fronts.
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