Mertesacker: Arsenal must heed this season's lessons

Per Mertesacker accepts Arsenal haven't been good enough this season.

Per Mertesacker accepts Arsenal haven't been good enough this season.

Arsenal were thrashed when they went to title rivals Manchester City before Christmas, and then lost heavily at Liverpool and Chelsea as well.

Mertesacker reckons those three results left their title hopes in tatters before the end of March - but insists they will not let it happen again next season.

He said: "Everyone questioned our qualities and our football. How we came back as a team, that makes us stronger for the future.

"We have to learn quickly how to play and how to defend in the first 20-25 minutes. It was very similar in each game.

"The first 20 minutes we lost some balls in the middle of the park, and they got us on the break. That is something we have to look at next year."

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