The Times (£) are reporting this morning that Per Mertesacker has agreed a new contract.
The Arsenal skipper hasn’t played this season because of a serious knee injury sustained in pre-season, but as with Santi Cazorla the club have an option to renew his current deal – which expires in June – for another 12 months.
It seems that has been taken up by player and club, but the report also suggests that a potential loan move in January is a possibility.
It’s suggested that it would only be to a club abroad, but it would be an unprecedented situation to loan out the captain – particularly as one of Arsene Wenger’s reasons for keeping him is the experience and dressing room influence.
Mertesacker is one of what Wenger calls the ‘dressing room leaders’, hander-outer of fines for being late, and it would send an odd message if a player of his stature was allowed to leave, even temporarily.
Anyway, there’s nothing official just yet, but it does look as if the contract renewal machine has started up again following the Triple Frenchie from last week.