Per Mertesacker was pleased that Arsenal were finally able to take their chances in an away game, and admitted he wasn’t too nervous after the Londoners went behind to Everton.
Arsenal won their first away game of the Premier League season on Sunday after sticking five past Everton. Previous defeats to Watford and Stoke had left Arsenal ruing their wasteful finishing, as they made more than enough chances to win both games.
For a short period of time, it looked like the same would happen again against an Everton side in dreadful form. However, Arsenal sharpened up in the second half and put the Toffees to the sword.
Mertesacker was happy with the team’s effort, and was impressed by Mesut Ozil’s performance in particular. “You could sense that from the start – we were creating chances,” he said, reports the Metro. “That’s not what we lacked really, we just lacked the execution in all those away games.
“Even when we were 1-0 down we were still sticking together and we had a good game plan I think – we knew they were under pressure and we really took advantage. We started really well – going 1-0 behind was difficult. We said at half-time we need to execute better and our guys up top did it. I thought it was important we had Mesut today – he created so much.”
Ozil put in a man-of-the-match display, scoring one, setting up another and creating nine chances in total. Alexis Sanchez has also registered a goal and an assist, while Alexandre Lacazette scored his first away goal for the club and his fifth for the season.
Nacho Monreal had equalised for Arsenal before half-time with his second goal of the season, while Aaron Ramsey also bagged a fine goal. The win puts Arsenal in fifth, level on points with Chelsea in fourth and four points off Spurs in third.