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Mertesacker blames early kickoff for Arsenal humiliation

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker feels the early kickoff influenced their 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger's men were also crushed 6-3 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Liverpool this season after kicking-off at lunchtime and have now conceded the same number of goals in those three games as in ALL 27 other league games.

"I don't know why, but it looks like we don't fancy early kick-offs away." said Mertesacker.

"It looks like we are going to have to apply to the FA to not play at 12.45 away. That would help us a lot.

"We wanted to start very strong and show people we are good enough, but they scored the two very early goals.

"But we must put this behind us now show our character and bounce back on Tuesday night against Swansea at Emirates Stadium. It's a good opportunity to react quickly after this result."

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