Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is reported to be facing an uncertain future at the Emirates Stadium as manager Arsene Wenger considers further reinforcing his centre-back options in the summer transfer window.
This is according to Matt Law in The Telegraph who claims Mertesacker’s time as an Arsenal player in doubt with Wenger not ruling out the acquisition of another central defender at the end of the season.
Mertesacker was dropped by the Arsenal manager following his calamitous display in the 3-1 embarrassment against Monaco in the Champions League, but was restored to the starting XI for Wednesday’s triumph over Queens Park Rangers.
This, however, came only as the result of the injury sustained by Gabriel Paulista, who had been brought into the team to replace Mertesacker for the Premier League encounter with Everton last weekend.
Gabriel was signed in January from Villarreal, a much needed recruit for the Gunners, but Wenger may not stop there, and it would indeed seem wise that he does bolster once more.
But it would arrive as something of a kick in the teeth for Mertesacker who had retired from international duty after last summer’s World Cup triumph in order to concentrate exclusively on Arsenal.
However, he has become something of a liability. At times he can appear so composed and commanding, but is often made to look lumbering and clumsy. It may now be that the 30-year-old is moved on.
His off-field contribution is valued by Wenger, as proven by his promotion to vice-captain. But if another player is signed in the summer, it may be that Mertesacker pushes for a move should his playing time become limited.
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