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Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are interested in signing club captain Per Mertesacker, according to reports.
The defender is in the final year of his contract and hasn’t been offered a new deal yet.
The 32-year-old who is currently out with a knee Injury will not return to action until next year and Wenger is not prepared to offer him a new deal while he is out injured.
The boss wants to see the defender prove his fitness before making a decision on his future.
However, delaying talks to renew his contract could be dangerous because he would be able to sign a pre-contract with other clubs as from January when he would have six months left in his contract.
Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are already working towards signing him and the German club’s general manager Frank Baumann, has hinted at the possibility of the defender joining his club next summer.
“I could well imagine Per at Werder,” he told Bild, as quoted by Goal.
“In the course of Serge’s transfer, we also spoke about [Mertesacker’s] future”.
Mertesacker has apparently dropped down Wenger’s pecking order due to the superb performances of summer signing Shkodran Mustafi and he might be third choice or even fourth choice when he returns. However, his exit will be a blow to us but could also open up big opportunities for others.
His departure would mean losing one of the most experienced players and leader in our club. His influence in the dressing room as a leader cannot be overstated and his departure just 12 months after the exit of Mikel Arteta and Thomas Rosicky wouldn’t be so good in terms of experience in the squad.
However, his exit will offer players like Rob Holding who has shown he has a bright future ahead of him the opportunity to play as Mertesacker’s presence would push him down the pecking order and further away from the first team spot.
However, we trust the board to make the best decision for the club.