Dec 11, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
2-0
Arsenal
Higuain (73'), Callejon (90')
Mertens (36'), Dzemaili (41'), Fernandez (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Arteta (63'), Giroud (66'), Ramsey (84')
Arteta (76')

Per Mertesacker: 'We were always on the back foot'

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Stoke during their Premier League match on September 22, 2013
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Per Mertesacker believes that Arsenal were complacent in their 2-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday night.

Per Mertesacker has admitted that Arsenal were always on the back foot during their 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Arsenal managed to qualify as runners-up in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund, and Mertesacker claims that the Premier League leaders struggled to produce their best after starting the night top of the group.

"We were always on the back foot, we took a little break today I think but we will be back on Saturday," the German defender told Sky Sports News.

"It's always the same, you give 10% less mentally because we knew we were through."

Arsenal will look to recover from this defeat when they face Manchester City on Saturday.

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