Mertesacker: Arsenal defence benefitting from extra time on training pitch

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker feels the defence is now coming together. Mertesacker says that extra hours at London Colney were the key to Arsenal's defensive improvement.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker feels the defence is now coming together.

Mertesacker says that extra hours at London Colney were the key to Arsenal's defensive improvement.

"We had a little bit more time [during the week] because of the Carling Cup match," he told Arsenal Player.

"Some players had a little more rest and we trained a little harder, especially on the way we want to defend. It worked and on Saturday you saw we had a better defence. We were closer together.

"After the four goals against Blackburn we lost a little bit of confidence but we were very proud of our performance on Saturday. We want to go on with this way of defending.

"I want to do a good job, especially in the defence. That is my role. If the coach praises me then that is a great thing but I have to go on and keep on working. My performances can improve."

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