Having watched their title challenge crumble even earlier than expected, the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are lamenting life under Arsene Wenger right now.
It’s a familiar scene for the north London locals searching for solace at the bottom of our pint glasses, who wonder if they’ll ever see their side deliver a Premier League title to the Emirates in their lifetimes.
Every member of the squad is being analysed by the bar-stool-experts who frequent our famous old venue and reports from the Daily Mirror have centred the attention on Gunners captain Per Mertesacker. According to their report, there are NO plans to allow the World Cup-winning veteran to leave north London.
Due to his injury problems and the signing of compatriot Shkodran Mustafi, the 32-year-old had been linked with a move away from the side he joined in 2011 and has since won two FA Cup titles with. However, the story suggests Le Prof is keen on having the ex-Werder Bremen ace around to help push for honours during the business end of the campaign.
It’s not exactly rip-roaring news for the Arsenal fans in the Tavern, though the more optimistic drinkers amongst that particular bunch are hopeful his mere presence can help round out a squad who so frequently struggle with injuries and ailments when the season gets tough.
Is there much point in having Mertesacker round these days? Should his deal be extended? Let us know below…