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Arsenal are looking to send club captain Per Mertesacker out on loan, according to reports.
Mertesacker hasn’t played for Arsenal this season since suffering a knee injury in preseason.
His future at Arsenal is now in doubt and the club is considering sending him out on loan.
The 32 year old’s contract expires at the end of the current season but Wenger is keen for the German to prove his fitness before extending his contract.
The Times via Football Insider have now revealed that Wenger would consider sending the player out on loan so he can prove he deserves a new contract.
This isn’t a bit surprising to me because Mertesacker has dropped down Wenger’s pecking order since the start of the season. The arrival of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi in the summer transfer window means the German is now Wenger’s fifth choice centre back.
Wenger is unlikely to send the player on loan to a Premier League club with a move to Germany more likely but a decision won’t be taken until the final days of the transfer window.
A loan move to a club where the veteran can play regularly will be of good benefit because sitting on the bench after being out for a long time could quickly bring his career to an end, considering his age.
With plenty of options in defense, I don’t think letting the defender leave temporary will be a bad decision. It could even be of more benefit for Arsenal in the future as the defender could return to us full of confidence and then become a key part of our squad for next season.