These are happy times for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger vision of harnessing a team with experience and youth is coming to fruition.
According to report, Per Mertesacker has agreed a new deal with Arsenal, according to reports.
The BFG sustained an injury before the start of the season and has been on the recovery pane since then. Its a knee and calf injury.
But despite his lack of action, Arsenal have agreed a new one-year deal with the German, who will earn £70,000-a-week, according to The Times.
Arsene Wenger will consider sending him out on loan for the rest of this season but wants to keep him at the Emirates for another year.
As a good leader, Mertesacker has qualities that make him valuable to have around in the dressing room and Wenger demonstrated how much he values his influence on younger players by making the 32-year-old club captain.
His renewal follows that of Francis Coquelin, Oliver Giroud and Laurent Koscielny and we will be hoping that the other players will follow suit including Ozil and Sanchez.