Per Mertesacker explains the main reason for Arsenal’s success

Per Mertesacker

The Gunners are currently third in the table, just three points behind first placed Leicester City.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says that the main reason for their success is their lack of complaining over injuries.

The Gunners have had a terrible time with injuries this season, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all picking up long-term injuries before the Christmas break.

Despite those losses, they have managed to maintain a title push in the Premier League and are currently third in the table, just three points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.

Instead, several players have stepped up in the absence of their star men and shown their worth, and Mertesacker says they won’t look back on their injury record as a negative as a result.

“In general we have a good balance in the team and a good squad,” he told arsenal.com.

“We’ve still got players coming back from injury but we’ve never complained about it, that is the main reason for our success.”

“Players have stepped up, brought their energy and we’ve got the results as well. We won¹t look back on players being injured as a negative because other players have stepped up, especially this season.”

While Arsenal have not seen the injuries as a negative this season, they will be glad to have their star men back sooner rather than later.

The most welcome will surely be midfielder Francis Coquelin, with the Frenchman having been sorely missed in the defensive midfield role since his injury at the end of November.

Mathieu Flamini has done admirably replacing him in that time, but has struggled to replicate his compatriot’s ability in the position.

That will make Coquelin a welcome sight upon his return, with the Gunners sure to be hoping he can aid their title challenge in the second half of the campaign.

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