Emerging reports are suggesting that Arsenal are set to decide on the future of Per Mertesakcer whose contract expires next year.

The German defender, who retired from international football in 2014, was named vice-captain of the club following the exits of Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen.

However, Mertesacker has lost his regular spot in the first team in recent weeks with Gabriel starting along side Laurent Koscielny in big games at Manchester United, Barcelona and Everton.

According to the Times, Arsenal are no longer interested in offering the centre-back a new deal at the club with only one more year remaining on his contract after this season.

The club has maintained a strict policy of extending the contract of players who are over 30-years-old by just one year but Mertesacker, who turned 31 last September, is set to be denied that opportunity.

The report also claims that Arsene Wenger is considering the appointment of a new captain next season after current skipper Mikel Arteta says goodbye to the club.

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