Influential defender Per Mertesacker seems to be close to having his future signed and sorted before the World Cup in Brazil.
According to reports on Mail Online, Arsenal are quick on the trigger to negotiate a contract with Mertesacker before the World Cup, and before his contract runs into the last year.
The 29-year-old has 18-months left on his current £65,000-per-week deal and they want him to sign a four-year deal which includes a ‘substantial pay-increase’.
Clearly held in high regard by the hierarchy at Arsenal, he has done extremely well to turn around the initial assessment of his abilities, where he was wrongly labelled a ‘liability’ by some fans.
Although it is fair to say the German didn’t have the best start at Arsenal, since he has had time to grow into his role at Arsenal and got to know the Premier League better, he has become one of the most under-valued players in the whole division.
The extra-ordinarily tall defender is also embarking on his 100th cap for Germany (currently on 94) and I think it’s fair to say you don’t play for a side of that quality, that many times, if you are not good yourself. The backing from Jogi Lowe, who is also closing in on his 100th game as the Germany manager speaks volumes, and it stands to reason that he can be the difference for Arsenal in their latest race of silverware.
Likened by many Arsenal fans as the modern day ‘Tony Adams’, there can be no higher compliment to the player.
The tall, intelligent and domineering presence is all too similar to the Arsenal legend that capped England 66 times between 1987 and 2000 and captained Arsenal to famous Premier League and FA Cup doubles.
The Emirates faithful will be no doubt be hoping for a similar impact from German and now he has a chance to write his name in the history books at Arsenal, and in particular start a brand new chapter at the Emirates.
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