There is no doubt that Wenger has entrusted Mertesacker with a great deal of responsibility, having handed the 31-year-old the armband regularly in club captain Mikel Arteta’s absence through injury. However, that has not convinced Arsenal enough to offer him a new contract.
Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez remain Arsenal’s primary concerns in terms of negotiating extensions.
Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla will all reportedly be approached over new deals this summer with all four of the players’ deals expiring in 2018, while Cazorla’s runs out in 2017.
Mertesacker faces a difficult struggle in trying to regain his place in the Arsenal first team having been ousted by Gabriel Paulista in recent weeks with Laurent Koscielny picked to partner the Brazilian.
Gabriel and Koscielny are still forming an understanding with the Brazilian guilty of temperamental issues that have led to brash and reckless challenges while Koscielny remains one of Wenger’s firm first choices on the teamsheet.
An extension could still be offered to Mertesacker provided he improves his form over the next year.
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