Per: We must learn to defend as a team

Per Mertesacker has urged his teammates to raise their game after a forgettable display on Tuesday night in the Champions League against Anderlecht.

The Gunners defensive play crumbled – much to the dismay of their home supporters – as the Belgian side salvaged a point in a match that they could have lost, or rather a match they should have lost.

Although Mertesacker is refusing to become the sacrificial lamb in yet another distasteful defensive display, the German international insists that they should work together as a team in order to prevent being taken advantage of.

The central defender insists that the performance is already behind them and their sole focus is to bounce back, something they have proven to be good at in the past.

“There is nothing to explain about that. I think everyone knows what happened actually. Everyone saw it, there is nothing to explain particularly.” Per added, “The team is very disappointed and it is a small setback for us. But we are good at bouncing back very quickly after small setbacks. This is a small one, it’s a good warning I think.”

Up until the game against Anderlecht, the Gunners had kept two consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League against Sunderland and Burnley, scoring 5 goals in total.

Arsenal will be looking to shake off their unforgiving week-night performance by rejuvenating their good run of form in the Premier League as they play Swansea in South Wales on Sunday.



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