Arsenal Vice-Captain Issues Strict Warning to Club

Arsenal defender, Per Mertesacker is aware of the fact that the club is on track for Premier League glory but warns his teammates not to allow that get into their head as they still have a long way to go in their title quest.

Arsene Wenger's men secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night to stay just two points behind leaders Leicester City but with the end of the season still far ahead, the Arsenal vice-captain believes only consistency can bring the trophy to the club once again.

“We haven’t proven anything yet and we haven’t been that consistent that we can talk about that,” he said.

“We go game by game and concentrate on having a gameplan and trying to implement it. That has been our strength so far against the big team and it makes us stronger as a unit.”

The 31-year-old centre back who signed for Arsenal from Werder Bremen in 2011 also discussed the team's versatility which has made them able to cope without many key players.

“We are capable of doing different things sometimes and that is what makes it harder for the opponent. That is our thoughts and that is why we implement them into games sometimes but we are still dangerous on the counter attack and that makes us a real threat.

“Last season we played at City and we showed some different kind of match-plan. That is what we had in the locker already but this year we are more consistent and it is what makes us a bit better as a unit.

“Sometimes we need to adjust, we don’t have all the players available at the minute, we think that is best way to win against City but we need to trust that way as well – it is not only thinking about it, it is also about putting it in to practice.”

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