English Premiership

Mertesacker: We're ready for Blues

2014-10-02 15:27
Per Mertesacker (Supplied)

Cape Town - Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker insists the team are well prepared for the trip to Chelsea on Sunday following their 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Danny Welbeck netted the first hat-trick of his career to help the Gunners get on the board in the Champions League after a 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in their Group D opener.

Victory over the Turkish outfit was especially pleasing for Arsene Wenger, who celebrated 18 years at the helm the north London club in style.

Wenger's side are unbeaten in the league after six rounds of action, although they have recorded just two wins thus far and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with fierce city rivals Tottenham last time out.

But Mertesacker says confidence in the camp is high after seeing off Cimbom so convincingly in midweek as the FA Cup champions look to close the six-point gap to the current leaders, whom they face next in the league this weekend.

"Yes, it was almost [perfect]," the German defender told Arsenal Player.

"I think in the second half we tried to relax too much, especially when we won the ball, and then we lost it immediately.

"That caused some trouble at the end as you could see [with] the penalty, plus we conceded one goal and a red card.

"I think that kept us alive, on our toes, and we tried to finish that off. At the end we did well and I'm pleased with the performance, especially in the first half.

"Obviously [it's a] good lift [before the Chelsea game]. We've got good confidence at the moment and will try implement that into the game on Sunday."

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