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Per - We dug in and deserved to win

Per Mertesacker faced the media after Arsenal retained the Community Shield by beating Chelsea 1-0. You can read a full transcript of his interview below:

on the win…It’s another win. We’ve played a decent pre-season and it’s a good preparation for the first game. It says absolutely nothing but it’s a little title for us, keeps our confidence as high as it was, so we are pretty happy with the performance. My voice is nearly gone and I’m trying my best to speak. Eighty thousand is a great attendance so we have to thank every fan who came along today.

on it being extra special to win…It’s still pre-season. It’s a beginner. It keeps our confidence high and I think we deserved it. Everyone dug in and deserved it.

on Petr Cech…He has so much experience and that gives us a huge boost before the start of the season. His contribution is massive but let’s not expect too much because he hasn’t been playing for a year. We’re going to try our best and when Alexis Sanchez is back we have a good squad.

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