Rumours have emerged that Arsenal are reportedly not going to offer Per Mertesacker a new contract at the club as they look to strengthen their back four in the summer transfer window with John Stones currently on Arsenals wish list.
After several poor defensive performances this year, Wenger has started to rotate the squad, giving the feisty Brazilian Gabriel the thumbs up over Mertesacker.
Is is thought that Mertesacker will need to prove his form and fitness over the next 12 months in order for Wenger to give him a contract extension.
Arsenal have been criticised over the years about their weak defensive records & displays with the gunners conceding six more goals than north London rivals Tottenham.
May next season be the season for Arsenal?
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