Arsenal's German target finds move 'very tempting' - reports

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Amid reported interest from Arsenal, Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker says an opportunity to play in the Barclays Premier League would be 'very tempting'.

"Obviously, from a certain perspective, the Premiership is a very tempting league to play in," Mertesacker told the official Fifa website.

"England is, alongside Spain, a better league than the Bundesliga and is made up of several top-class teams. This is very tempting.

"A move to a foreign country will always enrich a player from a sporting and from a human perspective.

"Playing in a foreign country makes you better, while living in a foreign country pushes you forward. Everyone tells you that all the time.

"Things experienced there are important in life, (although) a way back to Germany should hopefully never be ruled out."


Arsenal have been linked with the Germany international on a number of occasions in the past, as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his defensive options.

The Arsenal boss is after an imposing centre-back and, at 6ft 6in, Mertesacker could provide Wenger with the added steel he so desperately craves.

According to The People, Arsenal are considering a £7 million offer for the 26-year-old, who currently has one year remaining on his deal at the Weserstadion.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are also thought to be chasing Bolton's Gary Cahill and Chris Samba of Blackburn.

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