The German defender has struggled somewhat to adapt to the English game since switching from Werder Bremen in 2011, with an obvious lack of pace often cited as his game’s primary flaw.
However in recent performances against Bayern Munich and Swansea the German international has contributed to two impressive clean sheets and looks far more comfortable alongside the returning Laurent Koscieleny than benched captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Anyway, it turns out that Mertesacker still has one or two fans in back in the motherland. Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs has admitted he would be very interested in bringing the man he signed for Wolfsburg back in 2006 back to the Bundesliga.
“Everyone knows what I think of Per,” said Allofs.
“He was the leader at Bremen and I also believe he is the leader in the Germany team. If he is for sale, he will always be of interest.”
Arsene Wenger has been sniffing around Ashley Williams of Swansea and a move for the Welsh captain could allow Mertesacker to put an end to his time at the Emirates.
The Express also reinforce claims that Wenger has given up on his policy of signing young, potential talent with the news that Arsenal are targeting Adil Rami and Raul Albiol of Valencia and Real Madrid respectively. Both 27-years-old, not much sell on value, plenty of experience and unlikely to dramatically improve as players. Perfect.