Arsenal star remains committed despite transfer speculation

Per Mertesacker Arsenal DefenderArsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has played down speculation that he will quit the club this summer.

The German international has endured a turbulent spell in the Premier League since his 2011 arrival, leading to speculation that he could move on during the off-season.

Reports have circulated in recent weeks that the 28-year-old is a target for Wolfsburg and that he could be tempted by a return to his home nation.

But, Mertesacker has distanced himself from such speculation, stating that leaving Arsenal is out of the question and that he is happy in north London:

“A change is not an issue,” he is quoted by The Metro via 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 become a key part of Arsene Wenger’s first-team set-up in recent months, keeping his spot in the starting XI dispite his part in their below par display against Tottenham.

Both Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny were dropped after the defeat, but the ex-Werder Bremen man was retained and helped the Gunners achieve back-to-back wins against Bayern Munich and Swansea.

The 6ft. 6” defender arrived as part of Wenger’s last gasp spending spree in the summer of 2011 and has struggled to adapt to English football.

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