Arsenal defeated Watford 3-0 on Saturday courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, but the Gunners had to wait until shortly after the hour-mark to finally break down a resilient Hornets side.
Watford looked solid in the first 45 minutes but Arsenal upped their game after the interval, ultimately following up their comprehensive victory against Manchester United prior to the international break with another 3-0 win.
While Arsenal’s forward-line took the plaudits, the Gunners’ defence kept the likes of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo relatively quiet, with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker playing in the heart of Arsene Wenger’s defence.
Mertesacker has come in for some criticism in recent times, with Arsenal fans now favouring Brazilian defender Gabrial Paulista, but with the latter out through illness the German had the chance to impress.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of Mertesacker’s latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Imagine Mertesacker, in the Champions League, against Messi or Suarez... Or even Lewandowski! Yeah thats right. Per is getting slower— Jeremy P. (@TheJRR) October 18, 2015
Our weakest link in Defence is Mertesacker because of his speed however his positional sense is 100.— Engr Eric Ubong (@EricCreates) October 18, 2015
Typical conversation about Arsenal's defence. Man in pub: "I don't rate that Mertesacker", Me: "You mean the 100-times capped German Intl?"— Vasu Shan (@vasman60) October 18, 2015
Mertesacker was useless yesterday.— BassOnBelieve (@Tonyblacking) October 18, 2015
I hope Gabriel starts vs Bayern, because Douglas Costa's pace will beat Mertesacker. #UCL— #MiaSanArsenal (@clasped2rosciky) October 18, 2015
No surprise Mertesacker has lost his place.. He just isn't good enough anymore— JC (@jared_curry8) October 18, 2015