Mertesacker on the defeat and mistakes

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker spoke to the media after Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day. This is what he had to say:

on what went wrong…
A lot, when you see the result. We are massively disappointed because there was a good chance to really bounce back properly but they deserved to win because they did a bit more than us.

on the two goals…
On the first I think he wanted to cross the ball, but it was massively affected by the wind and it was a bit unpredictable the wind. But overall we did too many mistakes and they scored on two occasions.

on a possible red card for Southampton…
It is difficult to say. My feeling from a long distance is that it was a clear goal chance opportunity but you never know, it is up to the referee to decide if he is in a good position to score.

on not finding enough consistency…
The last two games we were in good spirits and those games were close together and we fought really hard for the two wins. But today was slightly different. I think we have to come back to our main strength. But we didn’t show up with a good performance today. We have to remind ourselves every day that we need to have a big performance.

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