From all indication, Per Mertesacker will no longer be a regular first team player for Arsenal and judging by the matches Gabriel played last season for us, he is certainly not good enough and we need to bring in another centre back that will partner Laurent Koscienly in the centre of our defense.
And if you believe Spanish media out let Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal have made an offer for Barca and Argentina international midfielder/defender Javier Mascherano. According to Mundo Deportivo’s report, the Argentine has made it clear to Barca he will be leaving the club this summer and has been in talks with Juventus.
Arsenal is said to be aware of the situation and are trying to convince the player to move back to England. Although not primarily a centre back, Mascherano has played in the centre back position more than he has played in the in his primary defensive midfield position for the Catalans.
He has shown over the course of the last three years that he can be a solid centre back and if he signs for Arsenal, he will be a reliable partner for Laurent Koscienly and as well as provide options in the midfield when we have our annual injury crisis.