Per Mertesacker not satisfied with his performances but vows to improve
Written by Renzo on September 25, 2011 13:25
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker revealed that he’s not fully satisfied with his first games as a Gunner but is ready to improve.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the 3-0 win against Bolton on Saturday, the Germany International started by saying that it was of course a much-needed win for Arsene Wenger’s men as their objective is to be at the top of the English Premier League and points are needed if they want to accomplish their mission.
Happy that the defensive department kept a clean sheet, the 26-year old said that it’s a good to be praised by manager Arsene Wenger but admitted that his performances are not as good he wanted and is indeed ready to improve his game and the relationship with the rest of the defence.
The tall defender also revealed that the Carling Cup game allowed the regular defenders to work on their defensive duties and to understand what went wrong at Ewood Park against Blackburn with the Gunners successfully keeping a clean sheet against Owen Coyle’s men.
After the Bolton win, Mertesacker said:
[A very important victory?] Of course, we needed the points, we want to be at the top of the league so we need the points. This is an important step but we need some more.
[The clean sheet?] Of course, [it's good for the confidence]. After the four goals against Blackburn we lost a little bit of confidence but today we are very proud of the performance we made and we want to go on [with] this way of defending.
[Arsene Wenger happy with my performance?] I want to do a good job especially in the defence, that’s my part, of course.
If the coach said that to you it’s a great thing but I have to go on, keep on working. My performances are not as good as I think and I want to improve myself.
[What we've been working on since Blackburn?] We had a little bit more time because of the Carling Cup match, some players missed [the game], and had more rest.
We trained a little harder especially on the defence, the way of defending, what we want to do or the coach wants to do and it worked.
Today we had a better defence, closer together and it was a good week after the [Blackburn] game.
[What the boss told us at the end of the first half?] That we had to keep on going, the defending was very well in the first half, we did a great job and we had [to keep a clean sheet] for another 45 minutes and we did that.