The Gunners have lost just one of their last 16 games in all competitions, which includes a record of nine successive wins away from home.
The German international believes that the confidence gained from consistent performances on the road can drive Arsenal to success this season, while insisting that the importance of team spirit cannot be overstated.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said:
We have an exceptional team – that’s the main thing. We built up confidence from last season, especially the last 10 games when we didn’t lose anything.
You could feel it from the first day that there is something special in this team, apart from the first game [against Aston Villa], no one dropped and the performance went well after that.
We have shown so far that we are ready to keep our confidence and keep the run going. The most important thing is to keep that mental level high and to be prepared for tomorrow because it will be hard [against Marseille].
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They will put pressure on us so we need to be aware of that, particularly in the first 15-20 minutes.
We try to get everything out of one individual but as well as a team, so it is up to us to give ourselves the confidence, to give every player a good feeling and to be part of that special team.
We have to compete every three or four days and that is what we want. It was a long [road] for us to compete in the Champions League [this season].
The impressive 2-0 win against eventual champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena proved the catalyst to the superb winning streak which continued into this season too, as Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 9 away matches.
With the record breaking acquisition of Mesut Ozil, Arsenal have an immensely talented squad which can dismantle any side on any given day but i feel this team lacks the consistency which has contributed the trophy drought. However the Gunners have been lot a more consistent from the past few months and hopefully they will continue this form into the Champions League group stage opener against Marseille.
I agree with Mertesacker that we have a truly exceptional squad with a loads of talent but is this squad enough to consistently challenge the top teams is the question. However if Arsenal can continue this form until January and make some quality acquisitions then i don’t think the Gunners will be too far away from ending their trophy drought because the only thing we lack at this moment is the quantity.
Hopefully Arsenal will continue the good form with a win against Marseille today. What are your thoughts Gooners?