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Loew Gives Mertesacker Day Off To Sign For Us

German national team manager, Joachim Loew has revealed how he gave Pers Mertesacker the day off to complete his transfer to Arsenal.

It has emerged today that the Gunners are looking to bolster their defence with the 6 foot 6 Werder Bremen centre back.

Loew`s comments will only add fuel to an already fierce fire.

'On Monday evening, Per called me in my room to tell me he had an offer, I gave him the day off and am awaiting his return this evening, the remainder is the business of the club.'

It`s been reported that Mertesacker has traveled to London today to complete the signing.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 30 2011

Time: 6:00PM

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Excellent buy. Much rather have him than Jagielka/samba or Cahill. 26 years old and 70 odd caps for Germany for prolly half the money Cahill would have cost. A bit slow but put him with Kozzer or Verm and they will compensate for that. Can anyone see us being bullied at set pieces with the two of them.....given we start practicing defending the damn things.
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30/08/2011 18:27:00

Sacked in the morning, we're Mertersacked in the morning
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30/08/2011 18:43:00

Good experienced signing. At last we are signing a fella and not some kid!!!!
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30/08/2011 19:07:00

Mertesacker is EXACTLY what Arsenal need, and players from the Bundesliga usually don't have much of a settling in period either - just makes you wonder why you didn't attempt to sign him much earlier in the window...
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30/08/2011 19:18:00

I'd rather have Cahill, to be honest, we need Premiership experience. But I have seen Mertesacker in action for Germany, and he is a really good, solid defender. From a defense perspective, the issue is about personnel AND coaching, and the lack of coaching is a bigger issue IMO. I'm curious to see how that is resolved.
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30/08/2011 19:21:00

Im worried about his lack of speed, but at least we bringing someone in
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30/08/2011 19:54:00

Big wages apparently but I'd like to think he'd be used on a rotation basis; so that he plays at Stoke, Blackburn and the other ***** northern cloggers but Koscielny is given the nod against sides with quicker strikers. A very good signing. Cahill may be a more natural fit for Arsenal but at £10m less and with 75 caps, Mertesacker is probably the better deal. Great to see us finally making a move. Why these never happened six weeks ago, I've no idea. UTA.
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30/08/2011 20:57:00

Tony Adams was slow mover but man could he lead AND read the game. From what I hear Merts is an excellent reader of the game and that along with his experience elevates him well above Cahill and I do rate Cahill.
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30/08/2011 21:24:00

At least signings are being made. Do we think any more will? Just thinking that surely time has run out for any marque signings with medicals etc needing to be done and players being at internationals?
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30/08/2011 21:27:00

Mothersucker all the way to the semi of the WC 2010. where was Cahill? Cahill is not even an established England player. and what is the price difference? I rather have Mothersucker
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31/08/2011 05:57:00

it's the final day! hope to hear more good news :)
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31/08/2011 06:06:00

i know it is not going to happen but if we use up all the cash from fab & nasri to get gotze & hazard, i would consider it as a very successful summer
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31/08/2011 06:39:00

Joe, it depends on the willingness of the selling club as well. We cant just write off that aspect. Sometimes the player may want to move - for Hazard, moving from Lille to Arsenal is a step up but Lille have prize money after winning Ligue 1, have CL revenues and got money for Gervinho, so why would they sell right now?
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31/08/2011 06:48:00

deltaforce, absolutely agree with you. just wishful thinking of me. nevertheless, there is a remote chance that it may happen. lille is lining up for joe cole, who plays the same position as hazard. hazard was quoted that he preferred arsenal even to real madrid. i think this would be the very last chance for us if we ever want to get him. next season, he'll be playing against all the filthy rich teams in cl and they will be lining up for him come next season. i believe he could reach the level of c. ronaldo and messi in a couple of years. even if he costs 40 mil today, his value could still go up - probably this is could tempt wenger to do the business. but then again, leaving it to the 11th hour puts the selling club into a very difficult position. i think our transfer policy is very selfish
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31/08/2011 07:13:00

Thank goodness we got slammed up at Ol' Trafford BEFORE the transfer window closed. Wenger was really intending to go the season with the numpty side that played up there.
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31/08/2011 23:02:00


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