Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has revealed that the reason for the Gunners’ poor form against big sides last season was because they were too soft.
With Arsene Wenger’s side sitting in third place in the Premier League, just one point away from Manchester City, things are looking up for an Arsenal side who were devastatingly disappointing at times last term.
Lack of arguing culture
Of all the big defeats they suffered it was the 5-1 away drubbing at the hands of Liverpool which really put the nail in the coffin with regards to their Premier League title charge, and Mertesacker has confirmed the senior members of the squad needed to stand up and be counted.
"We tried to think what went wrong for us last season, especially when we got beaten heavily by those big teams. Very severe,” Mertesacker told The Independent.
“It’s always a big discussion. I mean, we are responsible for our performances. No one wants to have such a miserable day again.
“You need that arguing culture. We lost that at times. It gets personal, and someone gets upset too quickly, but you have to face the truth and have a proper argument. That was normal 10 years ago and it has slightly changed.
“We lost that a bit, what is the intention of argument. It’s really important, not only in general, but in a footballer’s life. It has to get louder sometimes. We need to discuss, to find solutions, to get everyone in one direction.”
The turn around
Despite indifferent fortunes during the early stages of this campaign Wenger’s charges have turned around their form post-Christmas, and with an FA Cup semi-final to play against Reading fans are hopeful that they can reach a second final in two years.
If they do then the critics who so often have their knives out for Wenger will be forced to eat their words, although questions will remain over their title credentials. It’s been over a decade since Arsenal lifted the most famous trophy in English football, and they’ve not looked a major force in the Champions League in recent seasons either.
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