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Per Mertesacker delighted with Arsenal life

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is confident of a new deal with the North London club after opening up contract talks, according to Sky Sports.

The German international has been on top form for the Gunners, giving solid performances against both Southampton and Marsielle, along with scoring against England in a friendly earlier this month.

The German defender is happy with the talks after a difficult year.

He told reporters: "I am very delighted here with the club, especially after the first year, that was a very tough challenge for me."

Arsenal have been playing the 29-year-old in the heart of their defence alongside Laurent Koscielny, and after a lot of criticism the former Werder Bremen defender was receiving in the previous season, he has grown into a better player, like Aaron Ramsey.

The 29-year-old has a close relationship with Arsene Wenger and is hoping the talks go well.

"The boss has always trusted me in a special way," he added. "So I think we should talk on a bit, because I have one and a half years left."

Mertesacker is one of four Germans in the Arsenal first-team this season, as Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are fan favourites, with young Serge Gnabry pushing his way into the first team for the Gunners.

But the former Hannover 96 centre-back has confirmed he is no rush for a deal, as it will soon come;

"Overall, there is no rush with the situation, as some guys are delighted with my performances. I am pleased with the situation."

The German has played ten games so far this season, missing two matches, and has scored one goal; at home against Stoke City.

Arsenal have a busy time ahead of them, as their next match is away to Cardiff City, followed by a hectic December when Wenger's side take on Everton, Man City and Chelsea.

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