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20th Jul, 2016 | 4:58pm

Report: Wenger rejects £30million signing for senior role, gives the job to 31-year-old

By Alex Taylor

Arsene Wenger is about to name Per Mertesacker as Arsenal’s new club captain, according to a report.

The Sun claim the former Werder Bremen star will be offered the job ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The role became available after Mikel Arteta called time on his playing career to join Manchester City’s coaching staff under Pep Guardiola earlier this month.

Mertesacker has regularly worn the armband in recent seasons due to Arteta absences through injury.

The Sun report says the German central defender, 31, beat off competition from Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech to land the role, in addition to new £30million-plus signing Granit Xhaka.

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Mertesacker joined Arsenal in 2011 and has featured 207 times for the Gunners, competing in over 18,000 minutes of football.

He has been a mainstay of the team since his arrival from Werder Bremen and is a popular figure among supporters and team-mates.

In other Arsenal news, Mesut Ozil is expected to miss Arsenal’s first game of the season after partying at a Las Vega nightclub with Liverpool’s Emre Can.