By Lloyd Webb

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal never lost their focus or passion during their 1-0 win against Newcastle United.

The World Cup winner helped the Gunners keep their second consecutive clean sheet as Laurent Koscielny’s second-half winner secured a crucial three points at Emirates Stadium.

We are pretty delighted with the performance

Per Mertesacker

Arsène Wenger’s side are now two points clear at the top of the Premier League and Mertesacker revealed how proud he was of Arsenal’s effort after a tough encounter in north London.

“We put in everything and we had to because Newcastle were good on the break and could have taken the lead as well,” he told Arsenal Player. “When you dig in and fight for you team-mates you get your reward.

“We never lost our lost our focus or our passion, and neither did the fans. We believe we can be a good team if we put the effort in. That is what it is all about. That is what I kept saying to the lads. To keep a clean sheet as long as possible and we did it all the way through.

“We are a threat offensively and could have scored more in the end. We need to share the ball better at times in front of the goal. We are pretty delighted with the performance where we did well and now we are looking forward to 2016 and having a successful season.”

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker

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3 Jan 2016