Arsenal’s central defender Per Mertesacker was satisfied by the way the defence handled the job in the Aston Villa match saying that they did a great job to stop Villa’s dangerous chances, but should Villa have had so many dangerous occasions to score?
“We felt the pressure because of the bad game against Man City [on Sunday] but we have now won away from home again,” said Mertesacker.
“We were under pressure but we found a good solution with the first goal. We created some good chances but not as much as we thought at the beginning as Villa were always quick. Gabriel Agbonlahor was in some good situations [to score] but defensively we did a good job.
“Villa are a confident side. We thought because of their bad run that they were struggling, but I didn’t feel that today.”
The fact of the matter is that Aston Villa had quite a few chances to score and they shouldn’t have been such a big threat. This time luck was by Arsenal’s side, but that doesn’t happen all that often so the defence must improve itself more and more. Perhaps that will happen once the full-backs won’t actually be centre-backs. What do you think?