Arsenal news – Gunners eye Schalke defender, Mertesacker link, Fabregas: Arsenal a work in progress

Mertesacker link.

Arsenal look set to renew their interest in 6ft 5in Germany centre-back Per Mertesacker. The 26-year-old was a Gunners target after a successful World Cup, but a move failed to materialise when the player announced his commitment to current club Werder Bremen.

Punter’s Hero is reporting that the Gunners look set to offer around £14m for the player’s services during the January transfer window. Manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to add more steel to an otherwise shaky defence – one which has kept only two clean sheets in the Premier League all season, though one of those was at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Gunners eye Schalke defender.

Other sources however claim that Wenger is keeping tabs on the form and progress of Schalke 04 centre-back Benedikt Howedes. is reporting that due to Schalke’s financial worries at the moment, they are likely to consider any offers for their players – and £8m is thought to be likely to tempt Die K

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