Arsenal FC Breaking News: Per Mertesacker Passes Medical and Signs for Gunners

Robin SAnalyst IAugust 30, 2011

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 10:  Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrates victory and third place following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Third Place Play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Skysports confirms that Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker has passed the medical at Arsenal and agreed terms on a £80k-per-week three-year contract. with a believed £10 million transfer fee.

The news comes hours after Arsenal confirmed the signing of South Korea captain Park Chu Young.

In the aftermath of Sunday's humiliation, Arsene Wenger was expected to beef up his defensive options and with the capture of the 6'6" German giant Arsenal will be more sturdy at the back.

The aerial presence of Mertesacker is a welcome addition although his lack of pace could be a problem against speedy forwards considering Arsenal's high line of defence.

Mertesacker is a good reader of the game and is very disciplined.

Arsenal's youngsters can learn a lot from him and they need his wise head to guide them past this torrid period.

His organizational skills at the back and experience and pedigree at the International stage will help Arsenal plug the leaky defence that conceded eight goals at Old Trafford last weekend.

Mertesacker is the second signing of the day for Arsenal. Wenger has finally showed his hands in the transfer market, rather forced to show, and more signings are expected to follow on the deadline day.

Incidentally, Arsenal's French-based scout Gilles Grimandi has confirmed that Arsenal have also signed Andre Santos from Fenerbahce.

Arsenal are also strongly linked with Clint Dempsey of Fulham, Juan Manuel Vargas of Fiorentina, Yossi Benayoun of Chelsea and Yann M'Villa of Rennes. One or two of these could happen tomorrow.

The news is also out that Fulham have signed Bryan Ruiz possibly as a replacement for Clint Dempsey, who is rumored to be on his way to the Emirates stadium.