Per Mertesacker, who confirmed this morning via Arsenal’s ‘Twitter Takeover’ that you pronounce his name like the fruit, believes that the Gunners are maturing nicely and feeling confident ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
The German international, who missed the final three months of last season through injury, has been an ever-present so far this term having pushed Laurent Koscielny out of Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up.
Earning plaudits for his own performances at the back, the German made clear that the team’s current form bodes well for the rest of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal.com after the win in Montpellier, the former Werder Bremen stopper stated:
“In the last year I think we’ve matured and we’re getting better this season. We are very happy to have the three points and go back to London.
“We are convinced that we can stay in the league, at the top, and that’s our target for Sunday,” he continued.
“Last year we lost at Man City. It was a very tight game so we will try to do better this time.
“I feel like we are in a better shape than last year, because we are now in a good shape from the beginning [of the season]. I think we are well prepared now.”
While Montpellier proved a real test on Tuesday night, there’s no doubting that the attacking threat posed by Manchester City will be the biggest test of the season so far. Fingers crossed the BFG and the rest of the back line can keep up their good form.