Arsenal will meet Stoke City in their next Premier League encounter at the Emirates and manager Arsene Wenger has urged his team to ‘focus’ on the job at hand.
The Gunners have conceded 29 goals this season and their defensive weaknesses has been exploited by almost all the good sides in the league.
Against Liverpool in their last league match, the home side went two goals down due to some sloppy defending. Germany international Per Mertesacker understands what to expect from Stoke on Saturday and echoes the same concern raised by his manager.
Consistency is the only demon that has impeded Arsenal from getting into top four so far. While Mertesacker admits his side has a plan to counter Stoke’s physical threats, it is equally important that they must focus on exerting their style of play as well.
Tony Pulis’ side, sitting 10th in the league have a tremendous record at home this season, their form away from home has been pretty ordinary. They have won just one in their 12 away games this season and have conceded 16 goals in the process.
Arsenal have signed a new left back, Nacho Monreal from Malaga on the transfer deadline day and he will be expected to bolster the defensive unit in absence of Kieran Gibbs.