Wenger looking to bring in experienced Mertesacker
Germany defender Per Mertesacker is the player Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to bring in to solve the club’s defensive crisis, according to Mirror Football.
Wenger wants to make at least two defensive signings, with both William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre departing. Sol Campbell’s imminent medical at Newcastle also means that Arsenal are left with just two senior defenders, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.
The latter sustained an injury in last night’s pre-season friendly win against SC Neusiedl 1919, which leaves Wenger itching to bolster his weak back line before the Gunners’ first game of the season at Liverpool next month.
Mertesacker, 25, has been on the Arsenal’s radar for some time with German scout Thomas Kost – who spotted Lukasz Fabianski and Philippe Senderos – regularly making personal checks on him in action for club side Werder Bremen.
Wenger has been linked with several defenders this summer and recent reports suggest that he’s made a paltry £6million offer for Everton’s Phil Jagielka.