Sunday, July 10, 2011

Could Per Mertesacker be on his way to The Emirates?

By Marcel Abboud

After struggling in the center back position for a while now, Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger appears to be making a bid to lure SV Werder Bremen defensive stalwart Per Mertesacker to The Emirates.

The towering German center back has been a mainstay at Werder Bremen since his arrival from Hannover 96 in 2006 and has been a transfer target for Wenger since the 2010/11 transfer window. But with Werder Bremen lingering around the relegation zone in the Bundesliga at the time, the center back believed it was in his and the clubs best interest that he stay with Die Grün-Weißen so they can stave off any relegation fears.

The Gunners have really struggled to fill the defensive holes in their backline and Wenger will be looking to Mertesacker to help sure up the defense, along with keeping his eyes on Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba of Blackburn Rovers.