By Lloyd Webb

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal did not physically match Southampton in their defeat at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they succumbed to a 4-0 defeat on the south coast.

We didn’t look good and we got lots of reminders on what not to do in a game

Per Mertesacker

Mertesacker says the team need to learn from their mistakes and respond in their upcoming fixtures against Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

“I think we lacked a lot in terms of how we started the game,” he told Arsenal Player. “We didn’t look sharp in my opinion and this is a tough place to come to.

“We didn’t match them physically from the start. They scored a wonder goal that didn’t help us but in the end we have to switch on and not make the same mistakes. We have two big home games so lets focus on that.

“This game is a heavy defeat for us as we had a big chance but let’s not talk about chances as we have to bounce back very quickly and concentrate on our home game. We didn’t look good and we got lots of reminders on what not to do in a game. Hopefully this will be a reminder - a deep reminder, to concentrate and do things better.”

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27 Dec 2015