Mertesacker outlines season demands

Per Mertesacker has spoken of the importance that Arsenal finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League, as Arsene Wenger’s men look to shake off their poor start to the season.

Defeats to Manchester United, Liverpool, Blackburn and Tottenham have left pundits stating that The Gunners’ were no longer in contention to compete with the division’s top teams.

Despite this, wins over Bolton, Olympiakos and Sunderland have gave Gunners’ fans confidence that they can still qualify for Europe, which is a must according to the Germany international.

“We have to improve. It’s vital that we reach at least the top four but at the moment we don’t have the points to speak about that,” the defender stated to The Daily Mail.

“The team have to stay calm but the supporters have to feel we are giving everything to succeed. I am here to play football, to play in the Champions League and I want to be successful in all the challenges we face this season,” he stated.

Arsenal take on Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the Stade Velodrome side sure to make things difficult for their English opponents.

Domestically, Arsenal sit in 10th place with ten points from eight games, and host Stoke on Sunday in the Premier League.

By Gareth McKnight