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Mertesacker Expects Title Challenge

Defender Per Mertesacker claims Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley shows the squad are ready to provide the required answers to questions about their title credentials.

The Gunners maintained an impressive build-up to the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a well-organised 1-0 win against the 2015 champions, secured with a fine first-half strike from midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“We have had a great pre-season so far, and the peak was winning the Community Shield, but any significant predictions from the game is very difficult,” Mertesacker said.

“It (the championship) is decided by details, and which team can maintain a good spirit, that level of focus which is vital throughout the season.”

Mertesacker believes with the addition of veteran keeper Petr Cech, signed for £10million from Chelsea, Arsenal now have assembled a group of players who can last the distance.

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