The Times are reporting that Arsenal and Per Mertesacker have reached an agreement over a contract extension for the defender. The 32-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer but the paper reports that the World Cup winner is set to put pen to paper on a new one-year extension (via The Times).
Well, he may not have played a competitive match this season but Per Mertesacker looks set to receive a contract extension. The club captain has been out since injuring his knee in pre-season but reports indicate that he is set for a new deal.
The German arrived at Arsenal on Deadline Day in the summer of 2011 and has made over 200 appearances for the club in all competitions. Mertesacker was named club captain last summer but has yet to make a competitive appearance for the club since then. His current deal expires
His current deal expires in the summer and The Times reports that Arsenal are ready to offer the 32-year-old a new one-year extension on his £70,000 weekly deal.
Reports last week suggested that the German was actually close to the exit door. It was The Times which reported then that Arsenal were considering loaning out Per Mertesacker in order to prove his fitness since recovering from the injury but it now seems that Arsene Wenger will hand him a contract anyway.
The topic was put to Wenger a few weeks ago. The Frenchman was asked whether he would be offering new deals to both Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla whose contract also expires in the summer. “We have an option [to extend for another year] on both of them,” Wenger said on 6 January. “I think we will take it.”
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Per Mertesacker isn’t as important to the Arsenal first-team as he once was but as captain, he deserves to be treated well by the club. The German joined the Gunners at a difficult time for the club and has been a hugely important player in the last few years. The arrival of Shkodran Mustafi has pushed Mertesacker down the pecking order but the club would be wise to secure the centre-back’s services for another season at least.