Per Mertesacker has had mix start to his Arsenal career so far, since joining the club from Werder Bremen back in 2011. The 28-year-old struggled to find his feet in the Premier League last season, but he has arguably been Arsenal’s best center back this season. The German international has managed to keep Koscienly, who was Arsenal’s defender lasts season, on the bench.
Mertesacker’s biggest weakness has been is lack of pace and with Arsenal holding a dangerous high-line, the German international’s weakness has been exposed far too often. But his presence has also increased Arsenal’s ability to deal with long balls and crosses.
Reports in Germany reveals, Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are interested in signing the former Hannover center back in the summer. Wolfsburg’s Sporting director Klaus Allof has revealed in an interview his admiration for Mertesacker’s leadership skills and the German club will be in line to sign the 28-year-old if Arsenal decides to let him go.
“Everyone knows what I think of Per.
“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.” – Klaus Allof was quoted in Kicker.
Incidentally Klaus Allof was the sporting director of Werder Bremen when the German club signed Mertesacker from Hannover back in 2006. With Kyrgiakos, Madlung and Kjaer set to leave the club in the summer, Wolfsburg will surely need to revamp their defense. For a club still a considerable number of steps away from European football, the addition of Mertesacker will be a massive boost. Their position in the Bundesliga might not be most attractive for Mertesacker but the money that the Volkswagen owned club can offer might prove to be enough to drab the lanky defender back to Germany.
Although it seems unlikely that Arsenal would want to sell Mertesacker, given he has been the most consistent center back for the Gunners this season and also the fact that Vermaelen’s future at the club has come under speculation. Arsenal will clear some of its deadwood next season as they prepare for a busy summer, but Mertesacker is unlikely to be on ‘to-sell’ list.