Arsenal’s captain, the long term injured Per Mertesacker, has admitted that he is planning to consider offers from other clubs during the January transfer window.
Currently out of action until the new year with a knee injury sustained during the Gunners’ preseason, the 32-year-old has had to watch from the sidelines as fellow German and summer signing Shkodran Mustafi arrived from Valencia and made the centre-back position his own.
Faced with increased competition for his starting place and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Mertesacker is, according to the Daily Star, considering a move away from the Emirates and possibly back to Germany,
“My contract with Arsenal expires next year, and I would like it to change something.”
“Of course, I wonder what would make sense for me, if it should not go on with Arsenal. Where can I be helpful then? What do I want? Could you possibly go back to Germany again?”
“I imagine, what prospects can open up for me and the family, also in Germany. And I think that from January these thoughts are very intensified.”
While Mustafi has settled into life in the Premier League with ease, the potential loss of Mertesacker and the reported rejection of a contract extension by Hector Bellerin, could lead some to believe that Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger may have a defensive crisis on his hands if he is not careful.
Having started the season so strongly, particularly in defence, fans will not want to see their side losing talent and experience, just when things were going so well.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena