Per Mertesacker says that Arsenal are used to pressure in the Premier League, and showed they can cope well, with the win over Villa last night.
There was heat during the game, on top of the fact that the Gunners had to win to go back to the top of the table, and although they let the home side back into the game, Arsenal’s staunch defence held out.
“There was a bit of pressure, the team could feel that, but we responded. I think everyone was expecting that we may drop points.
“That was very important, to let the other teams see that Arsenal are alive and that we can respond.
“We look at ourselves and think we are good enough to respond to any challenge they give us. It was a strong one, they gave us a good task, but we gave them a little idea of what can happen.
“We are really happy with the fighting performance and how resilient we are.”
The partnership between Mertesacker and Koscielny is a key factor in this current season (see graphic), and it’s one has Arsene Wenger
Referring to last night’s victory, the manager said, “I would say our centre backs, our defence, kept us through that difficult period and they did extremely well.
“I am very pleased with that, when we are under pressure we can respond.”