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Mertesacker keen to stay

August 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker has turned down a possible move to Arsenal by saying that he wants to stay in Germany this summer.

Per Mertesacker is a giant in defence and has attracted numerous suitors
GettyImagesPer Mertesacker is a giant in defence and has attracted numerous suitors

• Wenger: Arsenal don't need a defender

Mertesacker, 26, has been on Arsene Wenger's radar as he has just one year left on his current deal. The giant German international is seen by many to be the solution to Arsenal's defensive woes but, despite talks on a new contract for the defender stalling, Mertesacker insists that he is not ready to leave the Bundesliga yet.

"I am a player of Werder Bremen and I like playing in the green-white of the club,'' he told Sportinformationsdienst. ''I love being skipper of the club and I proceed on the assumption that I will at least see out the campaign in the colours of Werder Bremen."

Even though they are in the midst of an injury crisis, reports suggest Wenger is looking to move on defender Sebastian Squillaci, who has not played for the Gunners this season, which will open up a space for a new arrival.