Per Mertesacker: 'Arsenal well prepared for new season'

Mertesacker: 'Arsenal well prepared'
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Per Mertesacker claims that Arsenal are "well prepared" for the new Premier League campaign.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has claimed that the squad is "well prepared" for the new Premier League campaign.

The Gunners finished a successful pre-season on Saturday with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Manchester City in Helsinki.

"I think it was a long pre-season but we did well, especially in this game against Man City," Mertesacker told the club's official website.

"That was a good finish and I think we're well prepared for the season. We have now international duty which makes it a bit difficult but I think when we come back on Thursday, we will completely focus on Aston Villa."

Arsenal start the new campaign at home to Villa on Saturday.

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