Mixed reviews from the Arsenal fans in the Tavern on this one…
Per Mertesacker has always been a solid if unspectacular defender, offering very little in the way of technical ability – but with oodles of defensive steel and determination.
However, after a 5+ year career with the Gunners – his age is beginning to catch up with him.
The Arsenal fans in the Tavern have been impressed with the defensive duo of Koscielny and Mustafi in Mertesacker’s absence; and in truth they see no way back into the first team for the German stalwart.
Unfortunately for Mertesacker, his dismissal from the first team has come at a particularly bad time. His contract expires at the end of the season, and at this point – no renewal is on the table.
It will not come as a surprise, then, to note that the German could be set for a return to Hannover.
He added: “A transfer is still far away…But anything can happen in football.”
Our landlord doesn’t know what to make of this. Whilst the club have not confirmed that a deal will be done; they certainly seem keen.
Given the expiry of Mertesacker’s deal at the end of the season – a move away from London looks increasingly likely – and Hannover could offer an excellent option for the veteran.
The Arsenal fans would be disappointed to see him go, given the years of top quality defending he has brought to the English capital – but they realise that he is unlikely to get a game ahead of Mustafi or Koscielny.
They are hoping that they can send off the German with a Premier League winners medal in his pocket – much to the hilarity of the rival fans in the Tavern!
Arsenal fans – thoughts?
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