Arsenal & Liverpool to Fight for £10m German Defender

By on January 3, 2011

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Pace is gathering on the rumours surrounding Per Mertesacker’s future, with reports suggesting that Arsenal and Liverpool will soon go head to head for the German defender’s signature.

Arsenal have been linked to Blackburn defender, Chris Samba as well as Mertesacker, but it looks as if, now that the transfer window has opened, Wenger is stepping up his chase for the Werder defender. According to reports, Arsenal have actually tabled a bid of £8.5 million, but the Bundesliga club apparently want a fee more in the region of £10 million.

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Roy Hodgson’s interest is also clear, as he has apparently had Damien Comolli, the Liverpool director of football strategy watch the 26 year-old last month and has advised the Liverpool board to hand the money over and make his signing a priority. Jamie Carragher is currently out injured with a shoulder injury, and Mertesacker would definitely sure up the Liverpool defence and certainly be a great addition to the Reds squad in general.

Mertesacker is very experienced, with 127 games for his German club and an impressive total of 73 International appearances. He stands at a massive 6 foot 6 inches, and has the ability to score a few from set pieces because of his towering height. A total of 22 career goals mark out the German as a player who can add several advantages to the two sides defence which can sometimes be suspect.

It is likely that the defender would prefer a move to current high flyer’s Arsenal in London, as they are more or less guaranteed Champions League football next season, and have a very good chance of winning the Premier League title this season. The chance to be a part of this with Arsenal will probably be far more attractive than a mid-table scrap with a team that are often all over the place. Or maybe he likes a challenge.

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15 Comments

  1. sanchit

    January 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    3 words:
    We NEED him.

    Let’s hope Wenger won’t be a miser and lose a glorious chance only to save a million quid :/

  2. Bill

    January 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    When using the term (sure up) it should be spelt SHORE. sorry to be petty, but in the age of spell checkers even the totally illiterate can just about write a semi-reasonable article.

    • lance

      January 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

      mate………get a life!

    • k

      January 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      When attempting to be a “know it all” you should really be one…”shore up” isn’t a term, its a turn of phrase or a possibly a common expression DICK.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminology

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  4. NKS

    January 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Personally, i prefer Christopher Samba over Per Mertesacker. Both of them are more or less the same height, but Samba is much stronger, a much needed defender we need especially when dealing with those “physical” team, just like Blackburn.
    However, being able to sign either of them is great enough!!!

  5. mario

    January 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

    we dont need more defenders not even midfielders we have enough. can`t we see that we need at lest 2 strikers?

    • daniel

      January 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Havent u seen arsenals formation over the last few years, 1 striker with 2 attacking wingers, why would u waste money on buying 2 strikers when arsenal create and have the most shots per game in the PL and are always close to top scores. Need to sharpen up the defence to win anything???

  6. Walter Mazano

    January 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Personally i like Per,he is such a brilliant young defender ,i wish Arsene could move faster.Look at what we missed on Van Der Vaart???

  7. daniel

    January 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Mertesacker did say last year that a move to the emirates sounded very attractive, so it seems he was hinting at the move before the club said he was not for sale and would finish his contract. Great player, just what arsenal need, 10mil for a top international defender with his qualities and only getting to his prime now, BUY!!!!

  8. The great singing man

    January 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    £10m for a guy who’s just about out of conract and seems to want to leave????? These germans may end up shooting themselves in the foot.

    The guy who said Samba is better because he’s stronger may want to consider technical albilty, otherwise you think of the same football style hodgson and “big sam” like to play and you’ll win shite all like that.

  9. Ryan

    January 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I think Djourou has been brilliant so far this season, Koscielny has something special. Squallaci on the other hand I don’t rate or think he is an Arsenal player. Mertesacker will fit in well and when the Vermaelen comes back we will have a great defence. Djourou is prone to injury so I think more or less the trio of Djourou, and Vermaelen Mertesacker will all get games.

  10. samuel

    January 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Actually what Arsenal needs most is another midfielder in the Alex Song mould ,strong ,skilful and robust and can last a whole season without to many niggling injuries,so who,s available ?

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  12. James

    January 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    If we got Per, then we could sometimes use verm in songs role….as he is very good there

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