Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has opened talks with the club over a new deal that will tie him to the club until 2017, according to Goal.
The German centre-back's current deal expires in 2015, and Arsenal chiefs are keen to come to a new agreement that will ensure his long-term commitment.
It is thought that Mertesacker is set to be offered a new three-year-contract that will commence from the end of the current season, and run until he is 32-years-old.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have been happy to sanction the move to extend Mertesacker's time at the Emirates, having been impressed by the budding partnership the Germany international has formed with Laurent Koscielny.
Despite an initially slow start to life in north London, the £8million man, who arrived from Werder Bremen in 2011 has become one of Arsenal's most consistent performers, and was crucial in their protracted bid to achieve a top four finish last season.
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