Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal can get back into Premier League title race

Image: Per Mertesacker:Uupbeat on Arsenal's chances in the top flight this season

German defender Per Mertesacker is confident that Arsenal can fight their way back into the Premier League title race.

Arsenal, who needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Danny Welbeck to secure a 2-2 draw with Hull City on Saturday, trail league leaders Chelsea by 11 points and are currently sixth in the table but Mertesacker believes that recent performances have been good enough to help build momentum.

"We have to take the responsibility for that, to have dropped points again, but what really makes me confident is the way that we play at the moment, because no matter what happens, we just carry on and have great potential, that just has to come out much more," said Mertesacker.

"We started really well and put the pressure on them, did a great job to score that opener and were really confident to keep on going like that, but they came back all of a sudden.

"For me, the decision (to disallow the first goal) was clear, everybody had stopped already because he pulled Mathieu Flamini seriously, but the referee thought it would be his strength which had brought him back into the action.

"Afterwards, we kept on going, even after they had scored the second. With the crowd together, we were able to come back and draw that match.

"We nearly scored a third, which would have been more lovely, but at least we have one point and good morale."

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini says Arsenal "have to fix something" if they are to challenge for the title.

"We will try to find a solution for the next games," he said.

"At the moment we are having a bad period, but we didn't lose. We came back, so it was great character and very important to recover well with another game on Wednesday (away to Anderlecht in the Champions League)."

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