Arsene Wenger has confirmed that club captain Per Mertesacker will stay at Arsenal for another season.
The World Cup winner’s current contract ends on 30th June, however, the club have triggered an option to auto-renew his deal for another twelve months despite the fact he’s been out injured since August.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Burnley, Wenger noted: “He [Mertesacker] has an option [in his contract] that we have taken. There was no negotiation, just an option that we have taken.
“He’s back in training, not with the squad, but he’s two weeks away now.
He added: “With the number of games we have it’s important that we have all our experienced players back and that everybody is focused to do well.
“We’re going through a moment of truth now, January until May is five months to go. You want ideally all your players with big experience back in your squad.”
The Gunners have made a habit of including one-year extension clauses in the contracts of their veteran stars. Tomas Rosicky was retained for a final season last year and Santi Cazorla could well stay on this summer as well.
Mertesacker had previously been linked with former clubs Hannover and Werder Bremen.