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Arsenal star still looking for improvement

PUBLISHED: 07:41 08 October 2012 | UPDATED: 07:53 08 October 2012

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker is confident that the Gunners are able to keep a strong defence in order to make a sustained Barclays Premier League challenge.

The 6ft 6in German centre-back produced a composed display alongside captain Thomas Vermaelen as the Gunners battled to a 3-1 win at West Ham.

After being undone by a fine opening goal for midfielder Mohamed Diame, it was a test passed which Mertesacker believes shows Arsenal, with former defender Steve Bould now assistant manager, have the capability to close out crucial phases of games this season.

“It can be the difference, it is crucial for us that the defence is winning more than just games. We just try to keep that in our mind the whole year,” he said.

“We have not conceded a lot of goals during games this year, most have been from set pieces.

“We just need to keep concentrating on our defensive level.”

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