By Sean Hayes

Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has admitted that he has spoken to Per Mertesacker about the possibility of the German defender re-joining his old club at the end of his current contract.

With just one year left on the Arsenal skipper’s current deal, he is free to engage in pre-contractual agreements with European clubs from January onwards.

“We’ve talked about it [a return to Bremen]. It would be a good thing for the club,” Fritz told German newspaper Bild.

The Gunners’ skipper hasn’t featured so far this season due to injury and his future with the club was in doubt following Shkodran Mustafi’s £35 million move in the summer transfer window.

Despite that, the 32-year-old World Cup winner is determined to fight for his place and with 149 appearances under his belt he insisted that his time with the London club isn’t over just yet.

“I believe that I can reach a level again on which I am important for the team,” Mertersacker told Kicker magazine.

“I have the feeling that this is not the end.

“The more time I allow my knee, the longer I’ll be able to play football. I can increase the workload already and I am no longer in pain.”

Arsene Wenger also has the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista to select from at the heart of his side’s defence, while youngster Rob Holding was signed from Bolton Wanderers in the summer.

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