English Premiership

Per calls for quick Arsenal recovery

2016-02-25 17:07
Per Mertesacker (Supplied)

Cape Town - Arsenal will look to recover from their midweek Champions League defeat at home to Barcelona with a Premier League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, defender Per Mertesacker said.

Lionel Messi scored two late goals to give the holders a 2-0 lead ahead of next month's second leg and despite qualification for the quarter-finals looking bleak, Arsenal are well placed in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Leicester City with 12 games remaining.

"We will go to Manchester United and we are in a good position... we don't want to give that up," Mertesacker told the club's website.

"We have a great chance to focus back on the Premier League and forget what happened in the last 20 minutes (against Barcelona).

"You need to have little successes on the road. We have a great chance on Sunday to do that again and show that we can compete for the title."

Arsenal will fancy their chances against a struggling United side, who are fifth in the table and six points adrift of the Champions League places, having lost just once in their last five encounters against the Red Devils.

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