Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has lashed out at the team’s recent performances away from home which have seen them fall behind in the title race.
The Gunners went joint-top of the Premier League table when they beat Stoke City 3-1 earlier this month but after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Brom the following day, back-to-back 2-1 defeats at Everton and Manchester City saw Arsenal slip to fourth place, nine points adrift of the league leaders.
That dramatic collapse has seen Arsene Wenger’s men continue to receive criticism despite bouncing back with a win on Monday.
And according to Mertesacker, who has been forced to watch his teammates from the sidelines due to a knee injury, Arsenal’s recent displays on the road have not been acceptable.
“I wasn’t happy with the way we fought, especially in the second halves [at Goodison Park and the Etihad]. There’s something we need to prove to our fans here and show them that we want to reach something, that we want to achieve something.” Mertesacker said as quoted by Arseblog.
“First of all, we need to compete. The fans have always been great, especially away from home, but we cannot drop such performances in a row. We feel absolutely uncomfortable with it.
“It’s down to the players to show that we can put in the intensity, can get everyone involved. The fans will follow us and support us, as they always have been.”
“It’s really down to us to show that we are good enough and can put the intensity in. We’ve spoken about that a number of times – when we put in the drive, when we match teams physically, we are almost unstoppable.
“But if you don’t do that, if you lack another five or 10 per cent, you won’t win any Premier League games.”