Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has told new manager Unai Emery to make the Gunners ruthless like their London rivals Chelsea.

The North London side have now managed to last nine consecutive wins in all competitions, although they started with two successive defeats.

Emery, who took over from longstanding manager Arsene Wenger in May, is now apparently bringing the winning mentality back at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech has recently said that he can see the change of mentality at Arsenal under the Spaniard compared to Wenger.

But former Arsenal midfielder Mertesacker thinks Emery needs to learn from Chelsea and make his team tougher to beat everyone.

“Cech’s background at Chelsea, that is the way he won,” Mertesacker told the BBC.

“You can feel when we went there it was always tough and we struggled to deal with the intensity and that defensive ruthlessness.”

“We can take that on. We have to learn and adapt to what Chelsea have brought.”

“The easiest way for me would have been if Arsene had stayed,” Arsenal’s academy manager Per Mertesacker added.

“He would have trusted me and given me an easy way. But I am excited about the new stuff and the change in management.”

“Unai Emery is a hard coach and is totally focused on what happens on the grass.”

“That is his main focus – to get us back in the Champions League. It is exciting that I am part of that process.”

“People want to see results but we need to make sure the change happens in the right way and not to rush it too much.”

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