Per Mertesacker after Watford
Amid all the post match chat following Watford’s win over Arsenal on Saturday, comments made by Per Mertesacker have largely gone unnoticed.
Mertesacker returned to the Arsenal starting XI against the Hornets. The German World Cup winner marked the occasion heading Arsenal ahead from a Granit Xhaka corner.
But Watford hit back after the break. Troy Deeney scored from the spot and Tom Cleverley bagged the winner in injury time.
After the game, Per Mertesacker made the following statement to the London Evening Standard:
We have to admit at the end that they wanted it more.
The second half they were all attack and we were timid. We tried to protect the goal we scored and it was not enough.
How is such a statement acceptable? Moreover, it clearly demonstrates just how mentally fragile Arsenal are right now.
When one of Arsenal’s most senior players makes such a statement, the writing is on the wall.
Theo Walcott was slammed after Crystal Palace
Interestingly, this is the second time in 2017 that an Arsenal player has made such “they wanted it more” comments.
Crystal Palace recorded one of the best ever Premier League results last season when they thrashed Arsenal 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
After the game, Theo Walcott made an almost identical statement to Mertesacker:
I think they just wanted it more. You could tell they wanted it more. You could sense that from the kickoff.
That lead to Arsene Wenger calling out Walcott in a press conference saying Walcott’s comments were not acceptable.
So why hasn’t Wenger spoken about Mertesacker’s comments? What’s changed now?