To most watching Arsenal fans, the last minute equaliser against Hull was only a slight relief. A point was obviously better than nothing but watching our London neighbours Chelsea move a frightening eleven points clear of us after just eight games has left us in despair.
But our BFG, who some would say was actually guilty in conceding Hull’s second goal, thinks that the belief and “good morale” in this Arsenal side will see them carry on the fight for the title.
“We have to take the responsibility for that, to have dropped points again, but what really makes me confident is the way that we play at the moment, because no matter what happens, we just carry on and have great potential, that just has to come out much more,” said Mertesacker on Sky Sports.
“We started really well and put the pressure on them, did a great job to score that opener and were really confident to keep on going like that, but they came back all of a sudden.
“For me, the decision (to disallow the first goal) was clear, everybody had stopped already because he pulled Mathieu Flamini seriously, but the referee thought it would be his strength which had brought him back into the action.
“Afterwards, we kept on going, even after they had scored the second. With the crowd together, we were able to come back and draw that match.
“We nearly scored a third, which would have been more lovely, but at least we have one point and good morale.”
Okay there is still a long long way to the end of the season, but after five draws in the League already there are very few Gooners believing we could still win the title next June. Yes we have games against “inferior” teams coming up (of which we thought at home to Hull was the first) but to see us go on a massive winning run would be great, but I really can’t see Chelsea or Man City slipping up enough for Arsenal to do anything but get into the usual dogfight for fourth place.