Arsenal target Per Mertesacker says he will remain with Werder Bremen.

The Germany defender has constantly been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his threadbare backline.

However, the 25-year-old centre-back has revealed he has no intention of leaving Werder.

"I'm staying at Bremen," he told German newspaper Bild.

"There have been so many rumours concerning me, but I've never had to be concerned because none were concrete."

Mertesacker's profile rose substantially after his towering performances at the heart of the Germany defence helped his country finish third in the World Cup.

The former Hannover 96 defender is now one of the most sought after stoppers in Europe, and was expected to follow international team-mate Mesut Ozil out of the exit door at the Weserstadion before the end of the transfer window.

However, his decision to stay in Germany will see Wenger turn his attentions elsewhere to ease his defensive worries.

The Gunners boss has been linked with moves for a host of central defenders, including Bosnia captain Emir Spahic and West Ham skipper Matthew Upson.

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