Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes that his side deserved the win against Hull City in the FA Cup on Sunday, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The German international featured as the Gunners managed a 2-0 victory against the Humberside team, a game that was a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.
Unlike that tie, however, Hull offered little threat in front of goal, and Arsenal bossed proceedings in the first half.
They were rewarded when Mertesacker himself converted from an Alexis Sanchez corner kick.
Sanchez, as he has often done this season, then wrapped things up for the north London side, securing an important win that sees them progress to the fourth round.
Mertesacker, who captained Arsenal in the game, believes that the result was nothing less than his side deserved after a series of shaky displays in the weeks prior to the game.
He also revealed that Sanchez’s strike settled their nerves.
“We have good memories when I think about Wembley and then today,” Mertesacker said. “It was a tough fight until the end but we deserved it.
“In the first half it could have been three or four-nil. Then Alexis scored and we were relieved.
“The second goal was a big relief for the players and he’s a massive threat to any team. We’re delighted with his performances and we need to keep him fit.
“We were composed and deserved it. I’m proud of our team because no matter who’s playing we stick together.”