According to Sky Sports, Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has denied recent transfer rumors he will move back to the Bundesliga this summer. His denials are great news for the Gunners, because they need their best defender.
That's exactly what Mertesacker is for Arsene Wenger's squad. Since his arrival in the summer of 2011, Mertesacker has endured a torrent of ill-judged and unfair criticism.
Many fans were not initially impressed with his name value and pounced on his well-known lack of pace. However, those critics missed or ignored the qualities that make Mertesacker an accomplished centre-back.
He exudes the kind of calm authority Arsenal's back line has missed during most of their eight-year trophy drought. Mertesacker is a true organiser at the back.