Mertesacker confident of Arsenal finally beating Chelsea at the Bridge

The Blues ran out 6-0 winners when the two sides clashed in west London in March but the Germany international is keen to eradicate memories of previous defeats this weekend


Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal can take renewed optimism into Sunday’s clash with Chelsea after their comprehensive Champions League win over Galatasaray.

Danny Welbeck’s fine hat-trick inspired Arsenal to a 4-1 victory over the Turkish side at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday and centre-back Mertesacker is now targeting three points against Jose Mourinho’s men in the Premier League on Sunday.

The German is also keen to eradicate memories of their last two visits to Stamford Bridge, which both ended in defeat, with Chelsea running out 6-0 winners in March during Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners.

“Obviously it’s [beating Galatasaray] a good lift [before the Chelsea game],” Mertesacker told Arsenal’s official website.

“We’ve got good confidence at the moment and will try and implement that into the game on Sunday.

“We know we can do better than the two consecutive seasons [there] before and I think we’ll try new things on Sunday to get a better result than last year.”

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