Jan 20, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
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Arsenal
Lampard (16' pen.), Mata (6')
Mata (66'), Cole (87')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Walcott (58')
Szczesny (16')

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker: 'We were scared against Manchester City'

Mertesacker: 'We were scared against City'
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Per Mertesacker says that Arsenal players were "scared" against Manchester City and urges his teammates to defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted that he and his teammates were "scared" when they played against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to the defending English champions in their Premier League clash.

"If you want to be in the top four you have to compete with Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham," The Sun quotes the centre-back as saying. "These teams are in this zone. We need to win against those four as much as we can — it is a good point to show how we are.

"We need our character on Sunday [against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge]. "That is the most important thing. In the second half against Manchester City, we showed our character, which was much better than the first half.

"We were a bit scared against Man City from the beginning. We were not that confident. The second half was much better. With a bit of luck we could have scored in two or three situations."

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table.

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