Per Mertesacker says Arsenal don’t deserve a place in the top three because of the horrible away days at the Middle Eastlands, Anfield, and Stamford Bridge. Speaking after the Newcastle game the other night,Pers said
The fans wanted us to finish further up, we were top of the league for a long time and everyone dreamt about getting the title, but it takes more than just staying at the top until the winter period. We could not afford those big games against big teams, so we did not deserve to be in the first three. That is something we have to manage much better next year.
And he said those trips have to provide lessons for next season:
We have to learn how to play and how to defend in the first 20 minutes. The games were all similar, we got caught on the break and that is something we have to look at.
This statement appears on a number of Arsenal sites today and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have a daily post.
Is he right or wrong so I will leave it to all and sundry to offer their opinions.