Per Mertesacker explains one thing Arsenal can learn from Chelsea

Per Mertesacker

Arsenal and Chelsea meet this weekend at Wembley in the Community Shield.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been speaking to and identified one area the Gunners can learn from Chelsea ahead of the two sides meeting in the Community Shield this weekend at Wembley.

The German has been speaking about the consistency the Blues had last season that led them to Premier League glory. 

While Arsenal have rediscovered their taste for silverware, winning back-to-back FA Cups, the title has not been returned to North London for 12 years.

Mertesacker told “We haven't played Chelsea at Wembley in such a situation for a long time. They played really well last season, they were really consistent and always defended well from the front. I think if we can learn something from Chelsea, it's to be consistent over the whole season.

“You need to be consistent, especially in the league. In the cup, you can win it with six straight victories, which we managed to do twice. The hunger is still there to win a cup and to stay cup winners. The consistency over the whole season is vital. It's what everyone wants, the players and the fans.

“I believe we have a good base, a good structure and a good balance. We showed that in the second half of last season. We didn't concede a lot of goals and that's the target for the first matches, especially for the first half of the season."

Some will regard Sunday's clash as a game that could put a marker down ahead of the new season but as the German points out, consistency will be they key for either side if they are to be crowned Champions in May. 

Last season Arsenal did not get off to the best of starts, but in the second half of the season there were indictations that they are ready to be title challengers, whereas the season before they were top of the table until February until falling away.

They certainly have a lot of talent in their side but they just need to battle their way through difficult patches and dig out wins instead of experiencing dramatic lulls in their form.

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