Mertesacker pens new Arsenal contract

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Mertesacker is recovering from a knee injury suffered in pre-season, with the 32-year-old’s previous deal due to expire at the end of the campaign.

But the German – who has been linked with a return to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen – had an opportunity to extend his contract by 12 months and has activated that option.

“Mentally, he’s a guy who brings a level of urgency into the team,” said Wenger, who does not expect any new arrivals in the January transfer window.

“He is back in training, but not with the squad.

“There were no negotiations in fact, because he had an option for extension.

“So it’s not really a new contract, it’s just an extension of the old one.

“We had to take that option early in the season and the decision was made quite easily.”

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