Still just only 32, the German World Cup winner is said to have become frustrated with constantly battling with injuries and the Daily Cannon are claiming he is on the verge of hanging up his boots but staying on at Arsenal in some sort of non-playing role.
Mertesacker managed just one full 90 minute appearance for Arsenal during the 2016/17 campaign but it was an absolute cracker, with Wenger throwing him into the FA Cup final against Chelsea last weekend.
The Frenchman had no other option other than to use Mertesacker but he used all of his experience and put in an excellent performance.
If he is retiring, what a way to go:
Rumours going round that Per Mertesacker will announce his retirement from football.
Very sad if true, but what a way to sign off! pic.twitter.com/ztSBwUZ9W1
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) June 3, 2017
Per Mertesacker I do not want to believe it but if true, You will be missed! Real Leader nd Champ. pic.twitter.com/WH2MbwMx8y
— Sammie Gooner (@SamAfc254) June 3, 2017
If the news about Mertesacker retiring is true, then Per has it all figured out. Going out on a high, with noting but praise and accolade.
— Apotheosis (@TheReclusifix) June 3, 2017
Per Mertesacker is our new director of operations? #afc
— ArsenalCentral (@AFCCentralHQ) June 3, 2017
Rumours that Mertesacker is retiring on a high, and what a high with that Cup Final display. Shame Wenger can't do the same…
— Jase (@JayClarke93) June 3, 2017
[[Thank you, @mertesacker!]]
— Ben Nadeau (@Ben__Nadeau) June 3, 2017
Rumours doing the rounds that Per Mertesacker is going to retire. Perfect example of going out on a high! Wenger take note!
— ?Joe Fry? (@Joefry81) June 3, 2017
@mertesacker thank you captain!
— Tony Pickle (@aPickle009) June 3, 2017
Per Mertesacker plans to retire. The FA cup final a fitting end to a glorious career. Joins a long line of legendary @Arsenal centre halfs
— Joe Schofield (@Joetenderloin) June 3, 2017
Per Mertesacker is a winner. Great career.
— James Edwards (@jamesedwardz) June 3, 2017
— Lawrence Kenny (@Lawrence_Kenny) June 3, 2017
@mertesacker Leader. Legend. BFG. Love you man! Will never forget the FA cup final! ??????
— Chennai Gooner (@goonerkanth) June 3, 2017
Danke @mertesacker. All the best for the future.
— Olugbenga (@gk_nelly) June 3, 2017
Thank you, @mertesacker.
— DG (@UndertheKos) June 3, 2017
He wasn’t always the classiest or best player at the club, but it’s definitely fitting to see Pertesacker receiving the respect he deserves.
What do you make of the news?