It may have been months since he last played for Arsenal but Per Mertesacker is still the official club captain for Arsenal.
While the German has been short on game time in recent weeks, his place in the team has come under serious question ever since Skhodran Mustafi’s summer signing.
Mertesacker has struggled to come back from his injury woes and it appears that Arsenal are losing patience with their skipper.
According to reports from The Times, Arsenal are ready to send Per Mertesacker out on loan in an attempt to prove the centre-back’s fitness.
The German has just six months left on his current contract and the club is eager to see the 32-year-old in action before offering him a new deal.
Rare but effective move from Arsenal
It may come as a rare move from Arsene Wenger’s side but it is rather important for the Gunners to know whether Mertesacker actually deserves the new contract or not. Gunners are currently 3rd in the league table and are still in contention to fight for this season’s Premier League title.