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Arsenal must end season on a high


Mertesacker set for Gunners

Arsenal are in talks to sign Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker, with the Germany international's move to Emirates Stadium expected to be confirmed on Wednesday.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come under pressure to bolster his squad before Wednesday's transfer deadline in the wake of his side's 8-2 Premier League loss at Manchester United on Sunday.

Wenger indicated he is in the market for a centre-back, and several names have been linked, including Mertesacker, who will also provide much-needed height and experience at the back, standing at 6' 6'' and boasting 75 international caps.

Mertesacker, 26, is the captain of the Bundesliga club and it is reported a fee of around £10 million has been agreed to bring the centre-half to Emirates Stadium as he has entered the final 12 months of his contract.

Germany boss Joachim Low said: ''Per contacted me last night and informed me (about Arsenal's interest). I told the player that I would release him for the day.''

Metesacker is now believed to have passed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

Fenerbahce left-back Andre Santos is closing on a move, South Korea captain Park Chu-Young is also expected to tie up a deal, while the Gunners have been linked with a host of other names ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline, including Chelsea trio Florent Malouda, Alex and Yossi Benayoun.

They also last week saw a bid rejected for Bolton's Gary Cahill, a pursuit they may well abandon should a deal for Mertesacker be concluded.


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