L’Equipe: Arsenal sign Mertesacker

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L’Equipe are reporting this morning that Arsenal are signing German defender Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen.

The 26 year old has 75 international caps and due to the fact he’s in the final year of his contract will cost Arsenal around £6m.

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wandarah
wandarah

nahhhhhhhhhh

dennis
dennis

Who aren’t we being linked too after the weekends shambles, its was bad enough before the weekend, we all need 3 or 4 new faces where needed.

OOKed
OOKed

Naaaah .. can’t be true ..

Damien

Please, Please be true. Then add M’Vila and Marvin Staving (for goals) Martin

ken

I’ve always thought he would be a great sign and make a nice combination with TV. As you have seen through the campaign so far, not many players have really stepped up in both final thirds. So this might be a bit too obvious for some, but Arsenal really need players who can DEFEND and players who can SCORE. Not players who can just pass well and keep possession.

The pope
The pope

DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENCH

Walks
Walks

Buzz of it if it’s true!

NZGooner
NZGooner

Glad we are signing Mertesacker, hope we are still going in for Cahill.

Goonermonkey
Goonermonkey

If true *insert positive buzzword*. but I’m waiting to see what gets announced. We’ve been in the ‘final stages of signing’ too many players without anything happening. Fingers crossed though!

Jojo

Is he quick enough for PL? Have barely seen the guy….

Coolmachine
Coolmachine

If he’s played 75 times for Germany, he’s good enough for the PL. And he’s only 26. This really would be a “super-quality” signing, make no mistake.

NB
NB
Anderr

Would rather Cahill tbh that’s not to say his a bad player

Craig

Can’t we have both? How amazing would that be. A Guy can dream

Les Bleau laGoon
Les Bleau laGoon

Sorry arseblog, you have got this one wrong. We are set to sign A player called Pierre M. Sacier, a 14 year old winger from the French 3rd division club Bayonne’s youth set up. He looks to be quite the player too. There is a YouTube clip of the boy doing a stepover from multiple angles whilst an obscure American early 90s r&b song plays in the background.

Savage is a Dave
Savage is a Dave

good video that. I’ve sent it round to all the forums and everyone has got quite excited. Yeah!

argonaut
argonaut

This Sacier kid sounds good. Sign him up!

cannonbury N5
cannonbury N5

dick

odemwingie
odemwingie

pussy!

cornishlee

If this is true, I can only hope a) that I was wrong in previously describing him as the German Senderos b) that he suddenly becomes a lot less injury prone than he has been thus far in his career.

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

I feel faint. An experienced established international?? More please Arsene.

The pope
The pope

He’s really good on football manager.

northerngoon
northerngoon

Mertasacker and Alex now thatd be alright

My name is not important

Too old, do not want!

Aaron Lawrie

He’s 26…..

Sim

For sex? Yeah too old. For football he should be ok though.

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

I’d rather have Cahill, we won’t get both.

If this deal is 6m, then it looks like we probably did offer the same for Cahill. No wonder Bolton were pee’d.

It’s nice we’re finally moving for players and all but they do smack of bargain basement to me

AvenellRoad
AvenellRoad

Can’t see why Cahill is worth much more than we got for Clichy or what we’re paying for Mertesacker. Last year of his contract. Little international experience. No Champions league experience. No titles.

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

problem is we’re not in a position to haggle on price.

I say offer Bolton 12M plus a few incentives based on say clean sheets and they’ll take it.

Damien

Mertesacker is good. At least equal to Cahill, probably better albeit without Premier League experience,.

gunner_expat
gunner_expat

but hes not english!

neutral
neutral

As I’ve said elsewhere Wenger will not spend more than 50% of what he got in sales this summer.

Cesc, Nasri, Clichy, Eboue = ~70M
Jenks, OAC, Cambell, Park, Santos, Mertesacker = ~25M

We can expect ~10M more in signings, maybe if you add the 35M transfer budget for the summer (then divide by 2) and we have 27M more in signings.

Good we were linked with Mario Goetze, I would guess they are working overtime to find a creative midfield player.

Truegooner
Truegooner

You’re missing Gervinho in your calculation

Truegooner
Truegooner

and Fabregas!

MrT
MrT

Blimey, are we really going to sign two established and experienced international defenders (almost 100 caps between them!) on the same day?

While he might be a bit slow, I think Mertesacker will be a very good signing. Good age, good price, bags of experience. I also think it will give us some more options, and would allow us to have two back fours depending on opposition. We’d have one for the Stokes and Blackburns of this world (featuring the stronger Mertesacker) and one for more skillful teams (featuring the quicker Koscielny). I still wonder if we’ll still try for Cahill so we could field a really strong back four against the bully boys (Sagna – Cahill – Mertesacker – Vermaelen).

Still, getting ahead of myself there. One new CB would be nice!

AvenellRoad
AvenellRoad

Vermaelen is a superior CB to both Cahill and Mertesacker – a waste put on the left. Santos will do the job on the left

La Gooner
La Gooner

Sagna – Cahill – Mertesacker – Vermaelen
Dude that is pure s*x !!!
Kudos

joe shmo
joe shmo

headline reads ‘Mertesacker serait gunner’: conditional tense, no guarantees and L’Equipe obviously being careful. still they’re far from being a tabloid so guess it’s pretty likely.

The Truth
The Truth

In French reporting the conditional stands for quoting a source rather than hearing first hand.

Vindicator
Vindicator

YAY

George Otieno Kapu
George Otieno Kapu

…..let all the speculated be put in action.

charlie nick
charlie nick

will be annouced this afternoon – this deal has been on the table for 2 weeks so I have been told

also scott parker failed a medical at Arsenal in the first week of June for the record

cornishlee

Where’d this information come from?

And of what relevance is the Parker comment?

charlie nick
charlie nick

not gonna put a source up on here am I

the relevance is that he would have been an Arsenal player if he passed his very rigious medical sarkybollocks

Mr Teddy Ears
Mr Teddy Ears

Yerr BallonsDuSarkey

Krakfish
Krakfish

Well in, Teddy

Truegooner
Truegooner

How do professional athletes fail medicals? What do medical exams actually test? Are they like your annual physical checkups? Because I don’t see how a normal young man, let alone an athlete, could possibly fail one…

Lord Teddy Ears

I believe it involves gang probing and a punch test on Joey Bartons head

Martin
Martin

Who told you? Your cousins boyfriends sister who works as a receptionist at Highbury House? The amount of people that claim to have sources these days….

charlie nick
charlie nick

yeah you know her then

Auslaender
Auslaender

Not the most technical player but good in the air, a strong tackler, used to play in an attacking team, lots of experience. Better signing than Cahill for me, not as good as Subotic but can’t have it all!

Conor
Conor

That’s what I’ve been saying all along. Would be great for Arsene to make a £50mil bid for Subotic and Gotze, but then were in dreamland

Truegooner
Truegooner

especially since we are playing Dortmund in two weeks

Auslaender
Auslaender

Gotze is a fantastic player but we already have 2 young, promising midfielders in Ramsey and Wilshere. What I feel we need is a bit of experience to lead the young ones and help them grow, like Vieira did for Fabregas. So my certain-to-be-unfulfilled-transfer-fantasies have more the shape of Caca and Sneijder.

cornishlee

BBC has now picked up on the story.

Andy B
Andy B

Why the picture of Hleb?

I see a few Chelsea blogs are saying we are after Alex and Malouda…if this, that and the Santos stories are true…thats a lot of work in a few days.

Still quiet on the Centre Mid front, which is worrying. M’Vila would be nice but some creativity would be better.

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

I can’t believe he’s signing a centre half and not a 17 year old winger the cunt…… 🙂

Gooner In Red
Gooner In Red

No mention of Nasri being a CUNT?

iwantmyarsenalback
iwantmyarsenalback

Why mention a self-evident axiom?!

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

Interesting quotes from Na$ri on football365.com.

Basically, it’s all the boards fault and Wenger hasn’t deliberately been penny pinching.

Mr Teddy Ears
Mr Teddy Ears

Nasri is a horse faced lady flower and I cant wait to watch santos kick his worthless sack of shit arse in the air as we beat them 11-1.

You can chupa mis conjones Mr Augero as well

chris
chris

The other day he said he had no interest in leaving Werder Breman and wanted to stay for the final year but hopefully this is true and we do sign him as i know i’d rather have him than Gary Cahill who i think is a good defender but also way too overated.

La Gooner
La Gooner

Nasri is a CUNT. Period.

Plev
Plev

Yes Na$ri is made from cunt period..

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

Na$ri is a period cunt!

M'Gooner
M'Gooner

well played

deano
deano

If the story re- going for Alex, Malouda and Benayoun are true along with the stories re- ‘almost’ getting Tevez, Kaka & Mata, then this means the evolution is now complete.

we have now officially become tottenham hotspur*

Auslaender
Auslaender

Nah, if we were the spuds we’d have a midfielder of Modric’ quality

The New Invincibles
The New Invincibles

we have one better than Moric… his name is Jack, Jack Wilshere!!

Auslaender
Auslaender

You win – though I wish we had Jack on the pitch and not on the treatment table so often

Jack
Jack

Park, Santos, Mertsacker and one of Martin or M’villa please. Or both if your feeling generous Arsene….

JVC
JVC

YESSSSS…

Great signing!!!

A lot better than Cahill ffs

iwantmyarsenalback
iwantmyarsenalback

Hmm, not sure about that. A lot cheaper – yes, but this guy always seemed a bit clumsy to me…

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

Interesting quotes from Na$ri on football365.com.

Basically, it’s all the boards fault and Wenger hasn’t deliberately been penny pinching.

david seago
david seago

so Cahill is valued at £17m and has 30 mins (competitive) international experience, and Mertesaker is valued at £9m and has 75 caps for Germany. How the fuck are Bolton valuing him at that in the final year of his contract? If Wenger buys Mertesaker, then it will be a great bit of business……..Now if we can just pick up Cahill for £6m aswell……

lordgunner
lordgunner

add 10 million for british passport,that s how it work

trackback

[…] Another player linked with us is Per Mertesacker, the german defender from Werder Bremen. Reports in French are surfacing that we are signing him for £6m, however, Bremen general Manager has Klaus Allofs has denied any deal, and says that no offers have been made. However, there can be more no smoke without fire, so there may be genuine interest in the player. Furthermore, moves for Cahil has quiten down and it may be likely that Wenger has switched his attention to cheaper and attainable targets. I saw Mertesacker play before, great in the air, no-nonsense defender, and may be what we just need in defense. […]

Arsene's nose
Arsene's nose

How come the mertesaker story is breaking in France? Why not Germany where he plays? Its never going to happen is it? Is it..is it? Oh please let it happen!!!!!!

NS Gooner
NS Gooner

L’Equipe is actually a great newspaper for transfer rumours, they seem to pick up on a lot of these things. They’re usually very reliable.

Earl of Cunt-erbury
Earl of Cunt-erbury

Arsenal have signed Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker, according to Canal+. ….News just in…still not sure why its breaking news in France….or Mr. Wenger is leaking the story there?…All the same happy he’s coming in!

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[…] to reports both in Germany and France, German international Per Mertesacker will also sign a long-term contract in North London as Arsene […]

Pete
Pete

Why weren’t these done months ago? Now we’re 8 points behind in the title race. Fucking shambles.

Martin
Martin

In all honesty I don’t think we’re really going to be in the title race this year.

lordgunner
lordgunner

last year chelsea was flying at this time of the season and still mu won the title.

it not how you start its how you finish,manchester win title because they have the best team by the end of the season

Chriswod
Chriswod

So everyone calls for experienced signings, then when we do everyone moans. What’s wrong with u. Get behind ur team and be true supporters

heihaci
heihaci

is Arsene feeling OK?

GUNNER TILL DEAD SOON
GUNNER TILL DEAD SOON

I have lost count of the number of players we have been linked with this summer and so far we only got Gervinho with real quality and the rest so called potentials..so unless any signings appear in the AFC website, am going to take these rumours with a pinch of salt..we were one defender away in january to win the league this year and everything would have changed as cesc n nasri would surely have stayed but now we have become a shambles and actually need atleast 5 players to compete just for 4th position..

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

Over generalisation there….

If we bought a defender it would have put us in a stronger position to challenge for the league, but no way would it have guaranteed winning it.

Pretty sure the other 2 would have left anyway, Cesc always wanted to go home (think he’ll be back though one day, hence the 35m buy back) and Nasri was always a money greedly little rat, so he wouldn’t have stayed

Gervinio's Forehead
Gervinio's Forehead

Believe it when it’s confirmed on arsenal.com
Still no word from the board about an increase in our top wage limit….

chris
chris

Heard he’s been given permission to leave the Germany camp for a medical so looking kinda good.

Jamie
Jamie

Would be a great signing. We need someone massive with a great physical presence. And Wikipedia’s confirmed he’s joined! (the most reliable source)

Peevish
Peevish

Hurrah! Lets get his medical done and sign him up quick please, the clock is ticking – only days left until the next round of internationals, and we need extra players to bolster our upcoming injury list, it’s looking laughably bare at the moment. Tick-Tock Arsene, Tick-Tock

On a serious note, holy shit we may even have a choice of CB’s to play soon. Not sure how AW will cope with a selection headache, its been so long.

chris
chris

On an even more serious note he’s also the captain of Werder Bremen so he’ll add to that “leadership” that every pundit has been saying we need.

AJ
AJ

German radio confirming that The German Trainer, Löw, has allowed ihm to Miss Training and Travel to London for the Medical. Its Happening, guys!

Will
Will

Its on the BBC Sports front page that he is set for a medical

Stephen
Stephen

Now just sign Marvin the Martian.

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Do we really need another centreback?? It means Squillachi will get even less game time. If squillestre had played at old Trafford I think he would of been the calming influence we needed………nurse!

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

Ha ha! Nice one corporal

lx
lx

Looking at Werder Bremen’s tactical philosophy (even more suicidal than ours) and their habit to concede a lot while also scoring a lot, I’m afraid Mertesacker is not the answer to our problems.

GunnerDareMKD
Stephen
Stephen

Per and Santos for less than the price of Cahill?! Nice bit of business that.

Stephen
Stephen

“”Per has had the wish to force his career [for] some time. He wanted to play for a big European club. Arsenal was always his favourite club.”

GM
GM

If he really is available for the sub-10 million fee mentioned then one has to ask why Wenger did not go in for him before. There are two possibilities

1.) He really has gone fucking mental.
2.) Mertesacker is significantly shitter than we think he is.

I can’t quite decide which of those is less appealing. Nonetheless as with Park we’re all behind him as he’s a Gooner now.

GunnerDareMKD
GunnerDareMKD

He is now available for 8 million pound , because he is in final year of his contract, last couple of years he would be around 14 million .That’s is why wenger is going for him now, and for 8 million it’s not even a little gamble . so shut up and cheer up we made 3 signings in 2 days, 2 of them are international experienced players Per is the rock for Germany team , you were all crying for experienced international players, and now when wenger started to buying them you all
started moaning, I can’t understand you English people you are strange people. Support the team! In wenger we trust !