Arsenal transfers: Per Mertesacker wants to stay despite Wolfsburg link

Arsenal transfers: German defender Per Mertesacker says he doesn't want to leave the Gunners despite a disappointing season

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen last summer Photo: Steindy

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker has rubbished claims he could quit Arsenal and return to the Bundesliga in the summer amid reported interest from Wolfsburg.

The 28-year-old centre-half has struggled to produce his best form since moving to the Gunners in a reported £8m deal from Werder Bremen in August 2011.

Mertesacker, who underwent ankle surgery in February 2012, was part of the Arsenal side heavily criticised for an abysmal defensive performance in a 2-1 loss to Tottenham earlier in March.

With Wenger hoping to strengthen his back four in the summer after another difficult season, Mertesacker has been linked with a move to Wolfsburg, but the giant defender is not looking to quit the north London side.

“A change is not an issue,” Mertesacker told German newspaper Sport-Bild.

“Our manager Arsene Wenger gives me absolute confidence, I play every game. I can think of nothing else, but to stay at Arsenal.”

Mertesacker has scored two goals in 62 appearances for Arsenal, captaining the side for the first time in a 3-2 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup earlier this season.

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