Many Arsenal fans would certainly like to see the back of Per Mertesacker. The German world cup winner is certainly a good defender, his reading of the game is world class unfortunately due to his lack of pace, he will continue to struggle and considering he will be 32 in just a little more than two months time, Wenger is best bringing in a centre back this summer.
With Gabriel Paulista looking like he will never adapt to the playing style of the Premier League, signing a centre back this summer makes a lot of sense and according to reports from Spain, Arsenal are in advanced discussion with Atletico Madrid for the signature of highly rated France under 20 centre back Lucas Hernandez.
The 20-year-old versatile defender is said to be frustrated with the lack of playing time under manager Diego Simeone and is considering leaving. And with Arsenal looking for a long term replacement for not just Mertesacker but as well as Koscielny, who is already 30, moving to Arsenal could be ideal for all parties involved.
Arsenal are said to have agreed personal terms with the player and are now in talks with his club with a view of reaching an agreement before the transfer window slams shut on September 3.