Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes that the 4-1 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League has put the Gunners in a confident mood ahead of Sunday’s tie against Chelsea.
The Gunners are unbeaten in the league after six rounds of action, although they have recorded just two wins thus far and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with fierce city rivals Tottenham last time out.
The 30 year old was pleased with the team’s overall display against the Turkish giants and believes the performance has helped to restore confidence ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
Yes, it was almost [perfect].
I think in the second half we tried to relax too much, especially when we won the ball, and then we lost it immediately. That caused some trouble at the end as you could see [with] the penalty, plus we conceded one goal and a red card.
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I think that kept us alive, on our toes, and we tried to finish that off. At the end we did well and I’m pleased with the performance, especially in the first half.
Obviously [it’s a] good lift [before the Chelsea game]. We’ve got good confidence at the moment and will try implement that into the game on Sunday. We know we can do better than the two consecutive seasons [there] before and I think we’ll try new things on Sunday to get a better result than last year.
The Gunners are in capricious form so far this season, unlike Chelsea who are pretty much blowing away everything put in front of them and it seems fatal to suggest that we can beat Chelsea this weekend at Stamford Bridge, but I believe we have a very bright chance of doing so.
Arsenal’s attacking performance against Galatasaray is exactly how they should approach the game this weekend, with pace, intent and vigour from the first to the last. Chelsea are leagues above Galatasaray but the purpose with which the Gunners drove forward against the Turkish giants is exactly the sort of tactic that will make Chelsea uncomfortable.
The game has somehow come at a terrible yet perfect time for Arsenal. With a depleted defence, two starting midfielders and Walcott still missing we really could be doing without this game but after the midweek win there probably couldn’t be a better time to play Chelsea in terms of confidence.
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