Arsenal plan early January offer for Mertesacker

Arsenal are preparing a January bid for Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.

The Daily Star Sunday says German sources state Arsenal will attempt to land the defender in January.

Mertesacker is inside the final two years of his current deal and Werder may be forced to cash in sooner rather than later.

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