Per Mertesacker reckons the time is right for Arsenal to prove their title credentials. The German central defender has been part of a side managed by Arsene Wenger that consistently qualifies for the Champions League and has won successive FA Cups. But now he wants more – and he acknowledged that it is vital to provide a positive response to the surprise defeat at the West Brom a week ago.
Arsenal have another tricky away game at Norwich on Sunday afternoon and the Germany World Cup winner said: “We want to be involved until the end – that’s the target. “We have improved already from last season and that is why we are looking forward to the next fortnight as they are defining weeks for the team. “We are very united. That is my feeling over the past couple of years. We always build up something and now it is time to prove we can do something. “Doing great things means winning something where you need to be consistent for more than six games.” “There are always periods when you have to respond very quickly to disappointments if you want to keep up with the best teams,” he added.“It looks like all the teams at the top are quite well prepared, but everyone gets a setback from time to time. So, there’s a massive chance that we would like to take.” “That may change, because Chelsea have dropped so many points,” he said.“This year is much more competitive and that means there will be a couple more losses. If you have a good winning streak, you have a chance this season.”
Mertesacker is looking for a reaction to the setback at The Hawthorns when Arsenal go to East Anglia. Mertesacker has been encouraged by the open nature of the Premier League with an unfashionable outfit like Leicester among the front-runners. And, while reigning champions Chelsea lost only four games last season, Mertesacker feels there will be no such feat in this season’s race.
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