Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German international Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen in a deal thought to be worth in the region of £10 million.
The 26-year-old centre-back is Arsene Wenger’s second signing of the day and follows Brazilian left-back Andre Santos in strengthening the Gunners defensive options.
Speaking about his decision to leave the Bundesliga for the Premier League, Mertesacker explained:
“I had a great time with Werder and I have a lot to thank the club for. With this transfer to London a dream has come true, taking another step in my career.
“I have always considered the English Premier League an intriguing challenge.”
Reflecting on the loss of his star defender, Werder manager Klaus Allofs stated:
“Per expressed the desire to transfer now. And we have always said that if the conditions are in order then we would approve such a transfer.
“On the one hand it’s sad because we still had a lot that we wanted to achieve with Per. On the other hand, we knew how much he is interested in the English league. We have had a good working relationship and wish Per all the best with Arsenal.”