Per Mertesacker reveals Arsenal's new defensive approach

Mertesacker reveals new Arsenal approach
© PA Photos
Per Mertesacker reveals that Arsenal's defenders have spent extra time studying tape to improve in the wake of a disappointing defeat to Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that the back four have decided to change their approach since coming up short against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.

Arsene Wenger's side have kept two successive clean sheets away from home this week, in 2-0 wins over Bayern Munich and Swansea City.

Mertesacker believes that the sudden improvement is partly linked to time spent studying defensive deficiencies on video.

He told the club's official website when asked about extra time spent watching films: "We do [this] before every game. But the defenders did it on our own and I think there has been quite an improvement.

"We saw ourselves as a unit on the television and I think it was a good thing to do because sometimes you have a different view on the pitch and you feel different. It was everybody's decision [to do it]. We all had the feeling there was something to do so everybody was involved and everyone felt we needed to improve and speak more.

"The most important thing we learned was to cover each other more. There were a lot of situations where there was no pressure on the ball and the back four was not prepared for any balls between us. We are always watching videos. That is not the point. Sometimes it is good to see situations and I think the very important scenes against Tottenham made it more clear for everyone."

The Gunners kept alive their hopes of Champions League qualification with victory at Swansea on Saturday, which moves them two points behind Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

Laurent Koscielny
Read Next:
Koscielny injured in Arsernal warm-up
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
Championship
La Liga
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24156348163251
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal24117641301140
7Burnley249871920-135
8Leicester CityLeicester248883432232
9Everton2477102538-1328
10Watford2476113342-927
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468102941-1226
12Crystal Palace2468102133-1226
13Bournemouth2467112435-1125
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2467111939-2025
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2456132350-2721
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101830-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand