Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has signalled a warning to the team in regards to their Premier League title challenge after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Mirror reports.
The Gunners were hoping for another positive result against the Bundesliga giants after beating them 2-0 at the Emirates, but Bayern got their revenge in a comprehensive victory.
The loss leaves Arsenal with only 3 points from their opening four Champions League games, and only two victories will give Arsene Wenger’s men a chance to qualify for the knock-out phase.
However, Mertesacker is also concerned that their poor display will carry on to the North London Derby against Tottenham this Sunday, warning his team-mates they will need to recover quickly to continue their challenge for the Premier League title.
Mertesacker said: “We will learn a lot from this game, we must learn a lot and we have to play better against Tottenham.
“We need to switch on, put away negative energy and fight back. But if we are to beat Tottenham then we have to recover quickly.
“We have played well recently, defended well and that’s what we must focus on. We must remember those games, try to move on from this performance and focus on beating Tottenham. We have to analyse quickly and get players back quickly.”
Their task is made more difficult with the high number of players on the injury table, with Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin big doubts while the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, and Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain are definitely sidelined.