Leaving on loan
Arsenal fans have been consuming almost daily articles on the future of Mesut Ozil in recent times, as the playmaker’s future at the Emirates Stadium continues to cause plenty of chatter.
Ozil, however, could soon be saying goodbye to an international team mate at Arsenal – at least in the short term – as it’s reported on Wednesday that club captain and fellow German World Cup winner Per Mertesacker could be about to leave the club.
On the comeback trail
It’s been a difficult few months for Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker as he’s been injured on the sidelines.
Mertesacker suffered a knee injury before the season started, and the timetable was a five month road to recovery.
He’s recently returned to training, however he’s yet to make his return to the Gunners first team.
Many are doubting whether the 32-year-old will ever be able to lock a place down in the Arsenal starting XI following his long absence, while Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi seem to be the preferred pairing at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s defence.
So what’s the story?
The Times on Wednesday announce that Arsenal are open to allowing Mertesacker to leave on loan.
The story is painted in a positive light for the defender, as the broadsheet claims “Arsenal are exploring the possibility of sending Per Mertesacker on loan this month to give him the chance to prove that he deserves a new contract.”
So there’s a chance of a new deal…
The Times fail to state where Mertesacker (his current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season) may end up, however they do leave some hints.
It’s reported that the Gunners will not loan to defender to another Premier League club, while Mertesacker is instead tipped to return to Germany. No club, however, is named.
Prior to joining the Gunners, Mertesacker began his career at Hannover, before he joined Werder Bremen.
Finally, the broadsheet included the following telling sentence in their report:
Arsenal are not planning to sign any new players this month and the club’s transfer activity will focus on reaching loan agreements for fringe players.