“Arsenal lacking killer instinct in front of goal” says Per Mertesacker

"What we do lack at the moment is we need to score at some point"

“Arsenal lacking killer instinct in front of goal” says Per Mertesacker

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Glen Laidlaw

March 14th, 2016

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker insists that the Gunners deserve a bit of praise for the manner of their defeat against Watford at the weekend, however despite battling late on against the Hornets in the FA Cup quarter-final, he acknowledges that his side are currently missing a “killer instinct”.

Arsenal were expected to dispose of Watford with relative ease on their way to the last four of the FA Cup, however the Hornets clearly had other ideas and the Emirates home crowd were vocal in their disappointment following the 2-1 home defeat.

Indeed, the Gunners have triumphed in just one of their last seven outings across all competitions, although Mertesacker maintains that lack of confidence isn’t to blame, rather an inability to find the back of the net.

“Obviously we wanted to win and we came out in a strong way,” he was quoted as saying. “But what we do lack at the moment is we need to score at some point. It looks like we play, and play and play until the opposing team scores. That is something we need to work on.

“We had the opportunities and the possibilities when they were 2-0 up to come back and we kept going. You have to give us credit because we kept going and created chance after chance. But at the moment we lack that killer instinct.

“We need to work on that if we want to be successful in the Premier League and the Champions League. I think we looked pretty confident, how we worked together, how we played and how we defended.”

Arsenal have an extremely tough assignment in their next outing when they face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their last sixteen tie, the Gunners trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

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