New centreback Per Mertesacker believes it is “vital” to finish in one of the four Champions League spots at the end of the season.
After a win over the weekend thanks to a brace from captain Van Persie, the German international believes he is adapting to life at the Arsenal and says the team too must continue grow and improve together in order to reach the distant Champions League spots.
He told Arsenal’s Matchday program:
It’s vital that we reach at least the top four in the league, but at the moment we don’t have the points to speak about that.
It’s important to perform well to make sure we move up the table. The supporters have to feel we are giving everything to succeed.
I am here to play football, to play in the Champions League and I want to be successful in all the challenges we face this season.
Therefore we have to play hard games twice a week and that’s the challenge of being an Arsenal player.
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With a tough test away at Marseille awaiting this Wednesday, this weekends home match against Stoke looks a very important one, and with Arsenal unable to gain back to back wins in the league so far, it will be vital that they can get all three points.