Pause Pleases Per

Mertesacker his pleased that Arsenal have a 10-day break in order to regroup ahead of the Bayern Munich battle.

After losing 2-1 to Tottenham, going 2-0 in the first half, in yet another big game, was a tough blow to take. It’s become a habit, and Per believes the break can help the Gunners to rediscover some form, and cut out the mistakes.

With Everton making it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and us being knocked out, we have been provided with a weekend without football. Could this be a blessing in disguise, and help us to catch the German’s off-guard? I wouldn’t get your hopes up, but with Arsenal you never know. Per thinks it can certainly help.

“We need this breather now,” he told the London Evening Standard. “We have 10 days until our next game so we can think about our situation. Of course there is potential but we need to show that.

“That’s what we need in the next few weeks. To go to Munich, to show responsibility for the Champions League, take the chance there and afterwards we have to take care about the league and try to go for all points.

“We were good in the beginning (against Spurs) but we need to maintain that level and that’s what we are lacking all the time, that consistency over 90 minutes or at least to keep a clean sheet for the first 45 minutes.