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[Transfer Targets] Per Mertesacker: The Solution To Arsenal’s Problems?

After a pre-season where it was all too clear where Arsenal’s frailties lie, Per Mertesacker is the latest defender Arsene Wenger is reportedly turning to in an attempt to sure up the teams leaky defence.  The German is by no … Continue reading

After a pre-season where it was all too clear where Arsenal’s frailties lie, Per Mertesacker is the latest defender Arsene Wenger is reportedly turning to in an attempt to sure up the teams leaky defence.  The German is by no means the first defender Arsenal have had a supposed interest in this summer; names like Cahill and Samba have been floating around for months and the Club have also reportedly had a £10 million bid for Phil Jagielka turned down.  However, with the inflated prices of the Premier League it appears the Manager may look abroad in search of a cheaper option – with the German supposedly available for just £6 million he could be just that.

What’s his pedigree?: Having come up through the youth ranks for his home town club Hannover 96, Mertesacker burst onto the German scene in 2003 for the Lower Saxony based club and soon became known as ‘die Abwehrlatte’ (the defence pole), due to his slim figure and great height.  In three years there he made 72 appearances, scoring 7 goals and picking up a remarkable 2 yellow cards.  In 2006 he moved to Werder Bremen for €4million, where he soon became their 1st choice centre back.  In his 5 years there he has made 142 appearances and has a good injury record and few suspensions, meaning he could play consistently and build up good partnerships with his fellow defenders.  He has also been capped 75 times for the German national side since his debut in 2004.

How’s the chemistry?: Being right-footed, Mertesacker would form a natural partnership in the centre of defence with left-footed Thomas Vermaelen.  Standing tall at 1.98m (6’6),  he would be able to dominate in the air and could strengthen the team at set-pieces, both offensively and defensively.  He is also the current captain of Bremen, suggesting he has leadership qualities which would would certainly not go amiss in the current side; would the catastrophes against Birmingham and Newcastle have happened if we had a real leader on the pitch?

Do we have a chance?: With Bremen stating they are open to “serious offers” and the player himself admitting he is excited at the possibility of playing in the Premier League, it seems likely that a deal would be secured should the Club decide to pursue it.  However, there will be some competition with Liverpool also interested in the German, but having just spent £12 million (including add-ons) on an unproven 17 year old, one would expect the Manager and the Board to be willing and able to spend less than this on an experienced international.

Likely Bid: £6 million.  Probability: 7/10, looks like a good option.

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  1. g0on3r

    August 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    i won’t complaint if wenger get him. if wenger partner him with djourou, and move vermaelen to left back, arsenal suddenly got some serious aerial power.

  2. The Cabbie

    August 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    A real good buy but AW will try to get £2.50 off the price and it will never happen

  3. ARSfan

    August 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Yes he wud be a good sign for the amount of money Wenger definitely willing to spend. Not to mention he is quite young for an experienced CB (prob another 6-7 years ahead of him if he has constant games). Stats is good with injuries and caps, height is a killer and he wants to come to EPL too!!!! I won’t go for blindless hopes but all shall be clear in 3-4 days time as EPL starts tis weekend!!!

  4. Taophic

    August 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    It is gud to get him.Bt we stil need jagiela cos is from England n adapt wit premiership stye before.Or sell Scollaci n buy Breme defender to replace him.

  5. Taophic

    August 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Sell scollaci n buy dis player to replace scollaci n buy jagkiela to make it two.

    • ole ole

      August 10, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Who will buy Scillaci?????

  6. ole ole

    August 10, 2011 at 12:25 am

    … on the other hand: Nordtveit was outstanding when his new team made a shock win away against league favorites Bayern Munich. In his defencive midfield role Nordtveit outplayed Munichs international stars like Robben. Last summer Nordtveit impressed in AFCs warm-up games but never got the chance later.. like “superstar” Scillachi!!!

  7. Agbety

    August 10, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Wenger has been given the opportunity to run the club down by the management. Go ahead

  8. Adam

    August 10, 2011 at 2:19 am

    As long as Wenger gets a mobileand intimidating cd,half the problem is solved.The other half is getting used to the rigours of the epl.
    Imh,the FM has caused the gunners to stagnate. He has refused to fix the defensive flaws be it gk or cd and the result is one trophyless season after another.He buys cheap and the result is some of these African players will be absent in Jan and Feb.Notice few of the top teams buys these African guys.
    Tactically he has been outplayed by the redfaced cunt.Yet he refusesto change It’s happily attacking 99.9% of the time.The result is everybody knows the swift counter will be fatal.It was so obvious in the sf of the cl 2009 against the rfc.Ronaldo had a field day.
    If he doesn’t curb the attacking instincts,the gunners will continue to be easy pickings for the counter attacking teams.
    Yeah I know the gunners play the best soccer with intricate patterns but end up losing the game most of thetime.

  9. Kiku Ssekatawa

    August 10, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Get Mertesacker now!! He’s real class, no doubt about that. And given his class and his desire to play in the league, I can’t see why he wouldn’t adapt. The Bundesliga may not be as fast as the Premier League, but a lot closer compared to other top leagues in Europe. Besides, the giant German compensates for his lack of pace with remarkable game reading and anticipation. Didi Hamann excelled in the PL with his superb game reading, rather than his pace,so why wouldn’t Per? With him in the side, I can’t see us conceding comical goals from Delap throw-ins and Blackburn set-pieces. Sign him and save some money that would be paid for the overpriced PL defenders and use it to sign Mata and Javi Martinez.

  10. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    August 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

    If AW doesn’t snap up this chap at 6M, getting a seasoned but still young for CB and experienced capped national player – then I throw my Arsenal stuff in the garbage ton, cos that’s it where they will go after this season ….

  11. George Wangolo

    August 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

    So far Per is the one I’m well pleased with as far as Arsenal links are concerned.His record as a deffender is far good.Arsene should go for him,he is cheap and has quality.

  12. samchi bigshoe

    August 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I wonder y AW is still waiting & y is squillaci still @ d emirates. Get Per nw & get rid of squillaci. Also i’ll recommend Nigerian Ahmed Musa 4 Arsenal future winger. Rite nw he’s in colombia playining @ d under 20 world cup. He’s been banging in d goals there. Today Nigeria take-on England WATCH-OUT 4 AHMED MUSA & KAYODE 2. AW hope u’ll get 2 read my post.

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