Mertesacker Reflects On Watford

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Per Mertesacker has reflected on mixed reactions following Arsenal’s defeat to Watford this weekend.

Mertesacker was making his first Premier League start since April 2016 and his header did give us the lead in the game, before Watford turned the match in their favour and took all three points and speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, he explained.

‘With the injuries, especially in the second half towards the end of the game, we want to make changes to bring more energy, to make a difference at the end of the day. I think we could have done a little bit better, when we gained possession we lost it straight away. I think we struggled a lot in terms of that and that`s not our game, you could sense that we struggled a lot in those scenes where they just regained the ball back as quickly as they could.’

With the award of the penalty in the game, he went on to say.

‘I`m not sure, I cannot tell. Honestly, it`s so quick these actions, it`s difficult to judge and the referee made that decision. I think for us it was kind of a wake-up call, but it wasn`t loud enough.’

With a numbers of chances to win the game before Watford came back into it, he added.

‘Yes, I think that`s what we lacked, especially in the second half, you know when we got the ball we missed a chance, but we missed as well to play, we missed it completely. That`s what we did really well in the first half, where we regained possession, kept possession, that was really good. In the second half we just wasted the ball and that`s obviously not enough. If you just protect and you have no chances on the break and you miss one chance to kill the game, then it`s difficult in the Premier League to win any game.’

With his own return to the pitch, he obviously faced questions about getting a Premier League run out.

‘I mean obviously it`s important, but if you want to make the difference on the pitch, you know in the second half even myself it was difficult to push. I have to do better next time, that is my target, to push these guys more that we get more out of that when we get the ball.’

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