Arsenal target admits interest in 'attractive' move

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Arsenal defender target Per Mertesacker has admitted that a move to England is an attractive possibility.

The German international has been heavily linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League in the past, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger courting the 26-year-old last summer.

Liverpool were also linked with the player in January as Kenny Dalglish considered his defensive options, and Mertesacker admits that the lure of football away from the Bundesliga is there.

"England has been an issue for a few years now, but I cannot make a decision yet," he told Die Welt newspaper.

"Of course the Premier League is attractive, but right now there is only one issue for me and that is avoiding the drop."

With a contract set to expire in 2012 and Werder Bremen struggling at the wrong end of the table in Germany, an exit now seems like a realistic possibility for the powerful defender.

Wenger has been searching for a defender at the Emirates for some time now, with the Frenchman failing to secure the services of a player permanently or on loan in January despite a very public pursuit.


Last summer, the Gunners were reportedly ready to make a £10 million offer for the Mertesacker's services, but failed in their efforts to bring the player to the club.

Arsenal are thought to have continued monitoring the situation though, and may have found an opportunity to pounce with Bremen lying just four points off the relegation zone.

With injuries to Thomas Vermaelen, John Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci emphasising the threadbare back line at Arsenal, the manager will be keen to avoid the same situation occuring next season and could look to add Mertesacker at the first opportunity come the end of the season.

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