Per Mertesacker has looked back on the 3-0 win against Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday and admitted that the team want and need to string together more results like that for the fans.
The BFG revealed that the game plan for the match against Man United was always to go all out and throw everything but the kitchen sink at them in order to give the team, and the fans, a lift.
Obviously, as the centre-back acknowledges, the plan worked and we went 3-0 ahead within 20 minutes – something no team has ever been able to do against the Red Devils in the Premier League before.
“We always want to give the fans special moments,” the German said. “A special performance was absolutely required after what happened against Olympiacos.
“[We were told to] do what we are best at and to go at full intensity, especially at home. Have no regrets and to focus on our job which is to have good possession in the final third, and play with tempo and speed.
“It worked completely because we gave everything from the start without any hesitation and that is what makes people happy, seeing us play in that way.”
The opening 20 minutes against Man United was astonishing, exciting football and if we can continue to play like that and keep that intensity consistent, there will be no stopping us. Not only were we attacking at will, we were defending sensibly and together. It was great to see.
“We need to focus on ourselves and manage to do that in the first 20 minutes like we did against Manchester United and defend the way did together as a unit,” Per continued.
“You could see all the doubts that came after the game against Olympiacos go if we remind ourselves that we are really good.
“We need to have a certain consistency [in the league] otherwise it is going to be difficult. But, if you get wins against the good teams then it will breed confidence for the whole team and we look forward to the next few Premier League games now.”