Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker has issued a warning to our squad and stated that we cannot afford any more slip-ups during the early part of the season after Sunday’s defeat to West Ham United, the Mirror reports.
After what was an impressive pre-season, highlighted by our victory against Chelsea in the Community Shield, we were expected to get off to a flying start at home.
However, we came unstuck against a West Ham side drilled well by their experienced coach Slaven Bilic and we couldn’t come up with an answer.
Mertesacker expects a swift response and for lessons to be learned.
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“To start with a game like that is not good but to bounce back is even more important now,” Mertesacker was quoted as saying in the publication.
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“That’s our job now. That was the first game of the season. It’s a bad start, but sometimes you need a bad start to come back and realise that you have to give more than what we did.
“Hopefully we can come back from that disappointment. There is a lot to work on. We have to work more.”
All the talk this week will be about how we’re to respond but in order for that to happen, we must cut out the basic errors that have become all too familiar in our game.
For West Ham’s first goal, the organisation from the set-piece was suicidal. The amount of space we allowed Dimitri Payet to swing the ball into was obvious.
Mertesacker, as well as the other experienced players in the squad, needs to take care of matters on the pitch.