Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arsene Wenger Closing in on Per Mertesacker Deal

Maxx GCorrespondent IIAugust 30, 2011

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27:  Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrates victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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After the recent signing of Brazilian left back Andre Dos Santos from Fenerbahce, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is now linked to close in a deal for landing the German towering defender Per Mertesacker, according to The Guardian.

Andre Santos was reported to be signed at a price of around £6.2 million. The Brazilian left back was a necessity more than of a choice to Wenger under fire. With critics all over the world doubting the player's defensive skills, it is hard to say whether Wenger did any good by addition of such a player to his team. 

After the brutal and beautiful harassment of arsenal in hands of age-old rivals Manchester United, Wenger is desperate to add some roots to his leaky defense. And the recent rumor or news can add some sign of good relief to any Arsenal fan, if it goes true.

Per Mertesacker is said to be in talks with Arsenal and a deal is on the cards just before the deadline. While German giants Werder Bremen were previously reported to have a financial crunch, it is for that reason only that they have put Mertesacker on the transfer list. 

The 6'6" tall defender can add the most needed amount of physical presence to the Arsenal team. He is undoubtedly strong, has vast amount of international and club level experience and can provide the cover needed to guard the shaky Arsenal defense. Paired with Thomas Vermaelen, Mertesacker can add trouble to the forwards of the Premier League.

With an experience of over 75 international caps and immense physical strength, Mertesacker can really prove to be one of the best buys of the season. The 26-year-old defender has entered the last year of his contract with the present club, and will be available at around £10 million price.

The defender is sometimes said to have problems of lack of mobility, which the pacy English forwards can useto their advantage, but still Mertesacker is way better a signing than Arsenal's current crop of below average defenders.

Though Bolton's Gary Cahill is also on Wenger's list, but the chaos and bitter talks over Cahill's transfer can lead to the breaking down of that deal. On the other hand, the Mertesacker deal is more eminent at the present time.

It still needs to be found out whether this deal goes through or not. But as I said, if it happens, there will be rejoicing for the Arsenal fans. Mertesacker is the right man to fit the frame for Arsenal.