Arsenal’s vice-captain Per Mertesacker has revealed that frank “arguments” in the dressing room has led to the club’s revitalised form where Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last six consecutive Premier League games, the World Cup winner told the Independent.
Topping the form guide, the German veteran feels that a few home truths unearthed during a post-match inquest after Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton have helped the north London side turn the corner.
The transformation since has been monumental, winning eight home games in succession for the first time in almost a decade, there has even been talk of a late charge to snatch the title from Chelsea.
“It’s always a big discussion. I mean, we are responsible for our performances. No one wants to have such a miserable day again,” Mertesacker told the publication.
“You need that arguing culture. We lost that at times. It gets personal, and someone gets upset too quickly, but you have to face the truth and have a proper argument. That was normal 10 years ago and it has slightly changed.”
The Gunners have consistently been accused of having a lack of leadership in the dressing room, but that should no longer be the case. World Cup winners, double European championship winners and superstars make up Wenger’s squad which a stark contrast to the youthful side which he guided between 2008-2011.