Arsenal’s vice-captain Per Mertesacker has called on his teammates to start strong next season, safe in the knowledge that their form in the run-in is second to none as they’ve shown this season, The Guardian reports.
The 3-1 win against Hull City means that Arsenal have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games, with a draw against Chelsea their only blip on the winning streak.
In the first part of the season, the Gunners couldn’t string three wins together, suffering damaging defeats against the like of Stoke City, Swansea City and Southampton.
Injuries to key players should also be noted and the return of these players has resulted in their current form.
“Post World Cup was not good enough, we have to admit that. But how we finish season after season is fantastic,” Mertesacker said.
“But we have to be sharp from the start of the season. That is what we lack. The points we dropped at the start of the season were 10 or 11 points and that gap we could not close. We were consistent in 2015, but Chelsea did not drop many points.”
Chelsea’s sensational early form set the tone for their title win and Arsenal were subsequently left behind. However the problems could stem from pre-season, with the Blues deciding to remain in Europe, they clocked up the least miles in pre-season whilst their rivals travelled the globe after the World Cup.
With no international tournament this summer, apart from the Copa America, Premier League clubs will be on a more level playing field and Mertesacker will be hoping it results in a fast start for Arsenal.