Report: Arsenal hold talks with Per Mertesacker over new four-year deal

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Stoke during their Premier League match on September 22, 2013
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Arsenal reportedly begin talks with centre-back Per Mertesacker over signing a new four-year contract.

Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with defender Per Mertesacker over signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The 29-year-old, who moved to the North London outfit from Werder Bremen in 2011, has cemented a place in the Gunners defence alongside Laurent Koscielny this season.

The Premier League club are prepared to offer the German new terms in a four-year contract, according to The Express.

Mertesacker is said to have 18 months remaining on his current deal.

Arsenal's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen attends a team training session for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League Group F football match against SSC Napoli at Arsenal's London Colney training ground in north London on September 30, 2013
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