Mertesacker – The distance between us and the top is not far

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After Arsenal beat 3-0 in the on Sunday it meant that the Gunners moved to second in the table, sitting just two points behind . The Gunners captain was a vital part of the defence that managed to keep the Red Devils from scoring. The defence has been very successful in the league this season, conceding only 7 goals the least in the Premier League.

on the importance of the win…

I think it was vital for us to stay [near] the top of the Premier League. The distance between us and the top is not far, so it was vital. Also the way we started the game was good for us and very important.

on whether it was a plan to push from the beginning…

Yes, we pushed really hard in the first ten or 15 minutes, and after that we tried to defend as well as possible, and most of the time we did that. The start was not shocking for us, I think we are capable of doing that, but we have to kind of remind ourselves that we can do such things.

on Alexis’ and Ozil’s performances…

It’s very important that they find each other in the final third. You could see the little pass from Theo Walcott to Mesut Ozil, how important that was, just a tiny little ball, and on the break we are very dangerous, and even more so with the two players you mentioned.

on the defensive performance…

Defensively it was a tough fight, especially in the second half when Fellaini came on. He is always very physical but we did quite well. We gave them two or three chances, but we have a great goalkeeper as well and he did well also, so defensively I think we can build on that. Now we have a little break and in two weeks we come together again and we have to remind ourselves what we can do.