Arsenal are expected to make an offer for Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.

The Daily Mail says the 26-year-old's pedigree is unquestionable and, at 6ft 6in, Arsene Wenger feels his height is a key plus point.

The Werder Bremen player, who has 75 caps, was an Arsenal target 12 months ago and now has less than a year to run on his contract.

The German side value him at around £9million but could let him go for £6.5m.

Wenger would prefer a centre half with Barclays Premier League experience, namely Phil Jagielka, but Everton's £18m valuation is proving a major stumbling block.

Bolton's Gary Cahill is another option, but Wenger does not feel the England international is worth £17m.

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