He intends to make the most of his consistent form to help drive the Gunners on to success both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe.
"The first year was tough for me, a very tough challenge, but the club and the manager always trusted me in a special way," said Mertesacker.
"I think it is a little reward that we are talking (about a new contract), because I still have one-and-a-half years left.
"There is no rush, but it seems that some people are delighted with my performances at the moment. I am pleased with the situation."
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