Mertesacker insists that this weekend’s game will be different to the recent clashes between the two clubs.
Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has cryptically warned Chelsea that his club will take an innovative approach and “try new things” when the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge to take on the league leaders.
The German defender, who will be captaining the North Londoners in Mikel Arteta’s absence, has claimed that his team will be confident for the game after a good result against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
“We have got good confidence at the moment and will try to implement that into the game on Sunday,” Mertesacker told the club’s website.
“We know we can do better than the two consecutive seasons before and I think we will try new things on Sunday to get a better result than last year.”
Considering Mertesacker’s side lost 6-0 at the Bridge last season and have won only four of their 24 games against the Blues since Jose Mourinho was first appointed in 2004, the away fans will be hoping that these new ideas are very radical indeed.