Arsenal’s BFG Per Mertesacker has been speaking about the transfer window and the upcoming season, and he admits that the Gunners were lucky in the last campaign and is expecting our biggest rivals to be a lot stronger this time around.
“The way last season went, we were quite lucky to finish second.” Mertesacker said in the Sun. “We turned things around at the end but it was kind of a miracle we finished runners-up.
“What really disappointed us was that Leicester were able to take advantage of all the other big teams suffering and we couldn’t do the same.”
When asked about the usual moneybags rivals splashing out in the transfer market, with new managers and new big-money signings, Per admitted that this campaign could be a difficult one for the Gunners. ‘Of course, those big clubs will be stronger this time.” he continued. “That’s what I expect as they’ll start the season with a lot of new players.
‘A lot of transfer business has already been done and it won’t be easy for us this time, especially with all the signings going to the other clubs.
‘So we also need to be stronger and I am looking forward to seeing how well we compete for the title with not a lot of signings and a lot of young players.’
“You cannot predict what will happen with the other teams. Even when you have bought three or four big players, you still need to complement each other.
“So there are still a lot of questions to be answered.”
And as for the moaning fans that the team had to put upwith last season(and probably this season too!), he simply had this to say: “Our strength is we have always been able to put all negative energy away from us.”
“In the last five or six seasons, whenever the criticism came, we always bounced straight back.
“Even though we didn’t finish top, we always managed to get a Champions League spot.
“But, honestly, I don’t care what people say. I can’t control what people are talking about.”