This has to be one of the most bizarre transfer rumours that I’ve heard in recent weeks (and that’s saying something). According to The Mirror experienced German International Per Mertesacker has played his last game for the Gunners. They claim that they’ve had access to ‘a report’ which suggests that the Arsenal stopper who is out for the rest of the season will be sold when the summer transfer window re-opens.
Are we really expected to believe that Arsene Wenger is the kind of manager who would sell a player he spent £10m on just 12 months previously? Whether you like him or loathe him, the fact is he hasn’t really had ample time to settle into his new surroundings and deserves at least another season to show what he can do. Let’s not forget that he was also looking extremely solid before disaster struck and he picked up the season-ending ankle injury.
I guess there’s only so much copy you can write on Mario Balotelli and his various controversies. This just whiffs of doggy-doo and it’s clear that The Mirror has no inside line here. Most transfer conjecture at least follows some basic logic (i.e. Liverpool need a goal-scoring centre-forward, so let’s link them to Napoli’s free-scoring Edinson Cavani) but in this case it’s not clear what the thinking is.
Arsenal are notoriously weak defensively, so let’s create a rumour about them selling off one of their best defenders? Who’s going to buy this? The fact that they couldn’t even provide a reason as to why he was going to be sold tells you everything you need to know.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer has already confessed that they are prepared to sell Jan if the right offer comes in. Arsenal have been thought to be interested for a while and the player in question already has a great relationship with Arsenal star and fellow Belgium International Thomas Vermaelen.
A defensive set-up of Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Jan Vertonghen (who can also vie with Alex Song for the defensive midfielder position) would be a force to be reckoned with defensively speaking and should help to stop them leaking such easy goals.
Arsenal’s goal this summer will be to keep hold of their best players (Mertesacker included) and bring in some new talent. Jan Vertonghen would make for a good start.