Mertesacker: Shake it off

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Following their Champions League thumping at the hands of Bayern München, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has stressed the importance of moving on from the disappointment.

The German champions thrashed the Gunners 5-1 in their Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, but with a north London derby against Tottenham coming up, they have little time to lick their wounds.

"We're working from game to game," Mertesacker told the club's official website ahead of the clash with Spurs at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

"We've got an important league game on Sunday and then when we play Olympiacos [and Dinamo Zagreb], we must win. That's the only chance we have a chance of qualifying and finishing in second place.

"I've already had some good discussions with the Bayern players – they want to protect and help us somehow. But we have to look at ourselves, which I think is particularly important after today.

"The way Bayern play, they are always up for it. They dominate and this time they scored an early goal, which helped them to find their rhythm and self-belief.

"Going to 1-1 would have been really good for us but you have to say that Bayern played on a different level to us. You have to accept that and shake it off because we need to pick up important points in the league on Sunday."