After wrapping up the Granit Xhaka transfer early into the transfer window, Arsenal’s transfer activity implied they were only looking to add a world-class striker to their roster. Whilst the club officials began a game of poker in their attempts to land one, their first-choice right centre-back and skipper, Per Mertesacker, sustained a knee injury 

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Having sustained a knee injury in a friendly against Lens, Per Mertesacker will be on the sidelines until the first half of the nascent Premier League season. Subsequently, Arsene Wenger, who has lately become outspoken about transfer dealings, admitted that Arsenal would look “to bring somebody in” with considerable “experience” in the coming weeks. After 

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Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker has attracted a fair bit of criticism during his time in England but after a strong start to the present campaign, hopes were high that this would be his finest season in a Gunners shirt. However it hasn’t quite turned out that way and it could be a disappointing finale for the 

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  On the 31st of August 2011, Arsenal fans were intruiged and excited by the signing of German international Per Mertesacker. Arsenal had been craving a commanding centre-half for about a year, and it seemed that Mertesacker’s presence would do a lot for the Gooners’ future. Many, who hadn’t seen him play before, expected a 

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