Per Mertesacker was thought by some to be at fault for the Reds’ equaliser…
Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has claimed that the team didn’t play their own game against Liverpool and could have done better on Sunday, reports Goal.com.
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The German is thought by some to be at fault for letting in the equalising goal at Anfield, after he appeared to duck out of the way of a header before Martin Skrtel scored. However, he did not mention this in his post match comments.
Mertesacker instead focused on how the Gunners were not allowed to play their own game, as they conceded possession for much of the match.
The centre-back was pleased with the fact that it was not a repeat of the 5-1 drubbing they received last season in the same fixture, but admitted that they have to do much better in the future.
“If you remember last year, we had a very different performance to what we had [on Sunday],” Mertesacker told the club’s official website.
“We tried to stop Raheem Sterling going through on the back four with his speed. We didn’t find our own game.
“We realised we had to stick together and find space [and knew] if we got chances in the second half we could have scored. We did and then we tried to defend in the last minute, which we did but not as good as I thought [we could have].
“Overall we have to take responsibility for our game – we want to dictate but we were on always on the back foot.
“I’m not really pleased with the performance but we take the point now and we’re looking forward to December 26. We have to dig in now and try to beat QPR.
“When you compare [the 2-2 draw] to last year, this is a much better result but I’m not very pleased with our performance. We can do much better and we have to find it.”
Arsenal are currently four points off the top four going in to Christmas.