Per Mertesacker Wants Arsenal Stay

German defender not going anywhere.

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has reiterated his desire to stay at the club next season by claiming that that he is an integral part of the side, Sky Sports reports.

The 28-year-old had been on the receiving end of some heavy criticism following his arrival from Werder Bremen in 2011 but now believes that he has settled into his role in English football and has become an important member of the squad and has rubbished claims that he will be sold over the summer.

“I do not think they want to get rid of me after this season here,” he said.

“I have become an integral part of the team and have really earned respect here.”

“Sometimes you have to be self-confident enough and just let the press write what they want, but it is always getting quieter in this regard, and that is a good sign.”

Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Sunday knowing that a win would secure them a Champions League place and Mertesacker says it will be far from a foregone conclusion as they prepare for a tough battle, adding: “We must really put a shift in against Newcastle and really give everything again in our last game.”

“It was a long, gruelling season, but we will do everything possible to win there.”

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