In the wake of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with arch rivals Tottenham, Per Mertesacker has revealed he doesn’t think Arsenal were good enough…
Arsenal’s captain on the day Per Mertesacker has admitted that the Gunners just weren’t good enough in their 1-1 North London derby draw against rivals Tottenham.
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After a Mathieu Flamini error gifted Nacer Chadli a goal, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain levelled the score with a strike from close range into the roof of the net.
It was not the best performance from either side however, with Arsene Wenger’s side looking toothless, unimaginative going forward, and extremely vulnerable on the counter attack; a more clinical side probably would have put the Gunners to the sword.
After Mikel Arteta went off injured early in the first half, Per Mertesacker took over the captain’s armband, the gangly German admitting on Arsenal.com that the performance was not up to scratch after the game.
“We know that we have good team spirit in the dressing room so we have to show it on the pitch,” he said.
“Today we showed it in a good way but I think we can do better, much better. Overall it was a good performance and I think confidence is getting back.”
“We lost two key players in the first half and it was more than a blow. We fought until the end, especially in the second half when they dropped.”
“When they took the lead it was very difficult but we came back in a good way, not in a remarkable way. It could have been a bit more but overall they deserved a point because they defended well,” he concluded.
With Tottenham’s recent run of poor form, Arsenal certainly should have done better at the Emirates. But with ten points and still sitting fourth in the table Arsene Wenger won’t be too displeased with the way his season has started, even if he knows there is plenty of room for improvement.