Per Mertesacker said things are “tense” at Arsenal, but that the players are all behind Arsene Wenger.
“The one thing about the Liverpool game is that there were 11 players on the pitch. We had a real chance to go for it, to push it even without our best player on the pitch,” he said. “It’s not always the manager. It’s hard for him now to select, he does it with his best knowledge and we trust him. He has got a lot of options now.
“It is not going to be about one single player and all these questions about one player is very disruptive to our team. Tomorrow we have got a game to face that is really important to our team, not to one individual player. We have shown on many occasions that we can turn it around and we are happy to play for him, yes.
“It is a little bit tense but that is normal when you have a stretch like this. But you can feel in every training session that we are eager to change something about the situation.”