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Per Mertesacker: I was ready to join Arsenal a year ago but Werder Bremen blocked the move

Per Mertesacker has revealed that he would have joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010 had his move not been blocked by Werder Bremen.

The giant centre-half had given up hope of his dream switch to the Premier League until Arsene Wenger got in touch last month, three days before the end of the summer transfer window.

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