BFG: Beating Sp*rs united fans and players

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Per Mertesacker says Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sp*rs last Saturday is indicative of what the players and supporters can achieve together when they pull in the same direction.

The Gunners were roared to derby day success by a vociferous Emirates crowd who enjoyed feeding off one of the club’s best Premier League performances of the calendar year.

Speaking in Germany ahead of Thursday’s Europa League with Cologne, Mertesacker also underlined that the victory should be a blueprint for future performances.

“I think it was a brilliant example of us bringing it all – fans and players together,” he said.

“It was a great atmosphere and lovely to see how we were together in every single situation. Even in the stands, on the bench or actually on the field, we seemed to be together.

“The intensity was great from the start and I think it is human on those occasions that we give 20 per cent more. I think it is like that.

“But we want to reproduce, especially on Thursday. They set a good example for us, those players who came in. We saw that intensity and to repeat that tomorrow and Sunday will be a big, big challenge for us. But we embrace it.”

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