Mertesacker calls for consistency in Arsenal trophy hunt

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes the club can end their wait for a trophy next season, the Guardian has reported, but insists the Gunners have to find greater consistency than they have shown in the past in order to do so.

The FA Cup in 2005 was the last piece of silverware claimed by Arsene Wenger’s side, eight years ago, and Mertesacker feels that playing to their optimum at all times is not only the key to success in the cups, but also the reason teams win titles. “We must be well prepared both mentally and physically to do it straight from the off,” Mertesacker said.

It’s very hard to be consistent and that’s the main reason for Manchester City and Manchester United being successful in the last two years,” the Germany international continued. “They have shown for the whole season that they are consistent and that will be our main focus for the next season to show that as well.

Arsenal ended last season in fourth place, giving Wenger’s men the chance to claim Champions League football once more, if they can successfully navigate a qualification play-off early in the new season. The European double-header forms part of a busy start to the new campaign for Arsenal, the newspaper notes, but Mertesacker believes the squad is in better shape today than a year ago.

We haven’t sold any players yet so we are coming from a good base,” Mertesacker said. “We’re at a good level and no one is leaving. Maybe someone will come and strengthen our squad, so it’s a better position to be in than last summer when we lost two important players [Robin van Persie and Alex Song].

The centre-back added: “I would say consistency is the most important thing. If we can do that, then we should be challenging for trophies and titles.

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