Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has welcomed the fact that the Gunners' last two games of the season are against relegation-candidates and he feels it's an advantage for his side.

The last few games Arsenal have been playing against side's with nothing left to fight for. They travelled to both Fulham and West Brom who are plumb in the middle of the Premier League table and they then faced already-champions Manchester United and already-relegated Queens Park Rangers.

However in their final two matches, Arsenal will come up against two teams who are very much fighting for survival in Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United.

The Latics will travel to the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday and that will then be followed up by a trip to St James Park on the final day of the season as Arsenal fight for their Champions League place.

Wigan are currently filling the final relegation spot and this is usual around the time they start producing their best football and in fact last season around the same time they went to the Emirates and picked up a vital 2-1 victory over Arsene Wenger's men.

Despite the two teams both fighting for their Premier League survival, Per Mertesacker has welcomed the challenge and believes it is an advantage for the Gunners.

The German international told Arsenal's official site: “Sometimes it is hard to play against a side who are relaxed on the pitch.

“You could see that against Manchester United last week as they were champions.

“So I think it is good for us to play against teams who are under pressure. It helps us keep our focus on a high level.”


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