A dispiriting few days for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger began with a 1-0 defeat at struggling Norwich last weekend that left his side 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Then on Wednesday the Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by Schalke in the Champions League, with Wenger watching helplessly from the stands as he served out a European touchline ban.
The following day saw Wenger take the stage at the club’s annual meeting and suffer criticism from supporters who are upset that a club that sold star forward Robin van Persie in pre-season and hasn’t won a trophy since 2005 nevertheless charges the highest ticket prices in England and refuses to spend big transfer fees on star signings.
“We have great players with great potential but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad,” Mertesacker said. “We have to learn quickly from what happened in the last two matches.”