Mertesacker says Liverpool are title contenders, explains how Arsenal can win

The German defender has spoken of the importance of Monday night’s clash and stated that the Gunners must bring intensity.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has stated that Monday night’s clash against Liverpool is a battle between two title contenders and told The Guardian that the Gunners must improve from their first home game of the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by West Ham on the opening weekend of the new season, with the Emirates Stadium faithful scratching their heads after the defeat.

Although Arsene Wenger’s men got back on track with a win against Crystal Palace last time out, there is a collective feeling that the North Londoners must string together a run of victories if they are to put forward a serious title challenge.

With Brendan Rodgers’ men bolstering their squad over the summer and winning their first two games of the new season against Stoke and Bournemouth, Mertesacker has talked up Monday’s clash.

The World Cup winner has called for his team to show more aggression and purpose against the Reds than they did last time out at home.

“It’s the first test against a title contender, so it’s a chance to see how good we are,” Mertesacker told The Guardian.

“We need to turn up, especially at home, with the right intensity and a kind of aggressive nature we maybe lacked in the first home game.”

Liverpool needed a result on their last trip to face Arsenal last season but were dispatched 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium by a dominant host, which played a part in the Merseysiders missing out on Champions League qualification.

This clash is expected to be a lot closer, with the winner putting down an early season marker of intent.

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