Mertesacker seeks Arsenal improvement

The Gunners were humbled 5-1 in their Champions League group stage match against Bayern Munich midweek, a major setback ahead of their League tie against their city rivals.

"We will learn a lot from this game, we must learn a lot and we have to play better against Tottenham," Mertesacker said.

"We need to switch on, put away negative energy and fight back. But if we are to beat Tottenham then we have to recover quickly.”

The Gunners are joint-top of the Premier League standings, having won their past five League matches on the trot, and their German defenders says focusing on that record will help them overcome the Munich defeat.

"We have played well recently, defended well and that's what we must focus on,” he said. “We must remember those games, try to move on from this performance and focus on beating Tottenham. We have to analyse quickly and get players back quickly."

Kick-off in Sunday’s London Derby is scheduled for 18:00 South African time.

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