Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Arsenal

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Signal Iduna Park

Last Game

B Dortmund 2 - 0 Arsenal

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group D

Mertesacker set for big month

Per Mertesacker knows Arsenal cannot afford to make any mistakes as they enter a crucial phase of the season.

Last Updated: 01/12/12 at 08:29 Post Comment

Per Mertesacker: Ready for Swansea test on Saturday

Per Mertesacker: Ready for Swansea test on Saturday

The Gunners host in-form Swansea City on Saturday, when Michael Laudrup's side will aim to protect a five-game unbeaten run and build on their midweek win over high-flying West Bromwich Albion.

It is the first of eight December games in all competitions for Arsenal, who play West Brom, Reading, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Newcastle United in the Premier League as they seek to return to the top four.

Arsene Wenger's side also travel to Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League, where they have already qualified for the knockout stages but need a win to stand a chance of finishing in the important top spot of their group, and visit Bradford City in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

And in the wake of Wednesday's draw at Everton, Mertesacker wants a win against Swansea to set the right tone, as he said: "Swansea are a good, technical side - they can play shorter and longer balls to good effect.

"But we have to look at our game first and improve on the Everton performance. We have to respect our game as well as that of the opponent.

"December is here, and it's a very important month for us - let's start it as we mean to go on."

Special

Meeting Swansea again will bring back happy memories for Mertesacker after the German international made his Arsenal debut against the same opposition in September 2011.

The £8million signing from Werder Bremen said: "My first game last year was against Swansea, so it's always something special to face them.

"They are playing well - they have good possession and are doing similarly to last year, when they were impressive.

"It's important that we keep to our normal game plan and be ready to do something right from the start, especially in the final third of the pitch.

"We want to get the three points. The league is getting harder every year and every opponent is getting better, so we need to keep concentrating and show exactly what we can do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Championship news: Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to leave club

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to leave the club following talks over his future, Sky sources understand.

Championship: Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City

Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City, with the option to extend for a further year.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property