The transfer window usually come with their own surprises. Time was when Cesc Fabregas, Sami Nasri and even Jack Wilshere make surprise moves.
Now, reports have indicated that Arsenal are open to loaning Per Mertesacker this January to end of this season so as to get more playing time.
The Times claim that the Gunners want the 32-year-old to be given more playing time in order to prove if he is worthy of being given an extended contract.
Mertesacker is in the last year of his current deal for Arsenal but the club are yet to offer him and extension as he is yet to lace his boot for Arsenal.
Mertesacker initially picked up a knee injury in July but is now sidelined due to a calf problem.
And if Mertesacker does not regain his fitness by the end of January, Arsenal will send the defender out on loan, but will not allow him to join a rival Premier League side.
Looking at critically with the competition for places at Arsenal defense, the BFG may not play this season and so, his best bet a playing is away from the Emirates.
There are several clubs in Germany that wants his services, and Crystal Palace are understood to be interested.