By Nik Brumsack

Per Mertesacker says he was delighted to score his first Arsenal goal in Saturday's 5-2 win against Tottenham.

With Arsène Wenger’s team trailing in the north London derby, the central defender charged forward to emphatically head Theo Walcott’s cross beyond Hugo Lloris to equalise.

It capped off a thrilling day for the German defender, who enjoyed every moment at Emirates Stadium.

“It was amazing from the very start,” he told Arsenal Player. "It was very good to score because we were one man up and they were dropping off. I kept standing in the box and tried to be lucky.

"The ball from Theo was very good and it was a good day to score.

“We fell asleep a bit, especially at the beginning. The first goal for them was kind of a wake up. The sending off for Adebayor, maybe it was vital. We’re taking it, we’re taking the score and are very happy with it.”

Last season’s triumph over Tottenham rejuvenated Arsenal’s season, and Mertesacker is hoping this latest win will have a similar effect.

“It was much later in the season [last time], so we have to keep on going with the Champions League [against Montpellier]," he said.

“We have a lot of things to do but it’s very good for the team that we can stick together and cope with different moments. That is a good thing for the whole team and hopefully it will force us to the next level.”

Watch the full interview with Per on Arsenal Player.

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