Arsenal suffered mental drop, admits Mertesacker

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has admitted the team’s mentality was not as good as it should have been following disappointing Champions League and Premier League results, but believes they have started to turn it around by beating Borussia Dortmund, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Gunners gave up a three-goal lead at home to Anderlecht to draw 3-3 and were beaten by Manchester United, also in front of their own fans, in the game immediately prior to the visit of Dortmund. But goals from Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez delivered three points and with them came qualification for the next stage of the tournament.

Mertesacker was asked where the game against Dortmund was won and the defender pointed to the work done by the back line. “The solid performance, especially defensively,” he added. “We didn’t give them too much, especially in the second half. We were solid at the back. Today was a mental task, but we are strong enough so we continue now.

“It was good (to get the early goal) but you have to play another 89 minutes. Over 90, we played absolutely solid,” the Germany World Cup winner continued. “After Anderlecht and Manchester United, we dropped mentally a bit, but today we came back in an even stronger way. We learned from disappointment in other weeks.”

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