Arsenal ready for decisive games, insists Per Mertesacker

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker admits the Gunners are entering a crucial period in their season

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Per Mertesacker joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen in 2011 Photo: Per Mertesacker/Facebook

Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal are facing a series of “decisive games” ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.

The Gunners have fallen seven points behind leaders Chelsea after Arsene Wenger’s men were 4-0 winners in the FA Cup last weekend as the Blues thrashed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

We have two competitions left and if we can manage to finish like last year with strong performances I think we have a good chance to compete in both competitions until the end

Per Mertesacker

Arsenal face Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday before taking on Jose Mourinho’s side at Stamford Bridge next weekend, and Mertesacker urged the Gunners to stay as close to the top as possible.

“These are all decisive games,” Mertesacker told Sky. “There are no points to drop anymore. They are vital games and we are up for it.

“I think it’s up to us as to how close we can stay to the top. We have to concentrate on ourselves and we have to stay as close as possible to the top and that’s the most important thing to us.

“It depends entirely on our finish; how we cope with the situation of our injured players and the situation that we have another chance in the FA Cup.

“We have two competitions left and if we can manage to finish like last year with strong performances I think we have a good chance to compete in both competitions until the end.

“It would be great for me to achieve something this season. The hunger is there and the hunger is increasing.

“We went through tough periods this season and last season, but overall we have shown great spirit and great togetherness. So let’s get something out of this season that’s what we have to deal with.”

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