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10th Dec, 2016 | 2:21pm

Per Mertesacker makes big Arsenal claim on Twitter ahead of Stoke clash

By Will Butcher

Per Mertesacker has called on his Arsenal teammates to maintain their emphatic form against Stoke on Saturday and insisted the team “won’t slip” up.

The 32-year-old made the big claim while he works his way back to full fitness after injuring his knee in pre-season against French outfit Lens.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, the World Cup winner claimed the entire Arsenal squad are “focused on every single minute” as the busy Christmas period begins to take shape.

With the “games coming thick and fast now”, Mertesacker is confident his teammates are well placed to build on their second position in the table.

The Gunners club captain is hoping to return to action in the new year, as he continues rehab work to regain full fitness.

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Along with Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck remain on the sidelines as manager Arsene Wenger looks to utilise his squad depth in the coming weeks.

After moving to North London in the summer of 2011, Arsenal’s 6ft 6in colossus has made a total of 206 league and cup appearances. Only three of those have come from the substitute’s bench.

Coming up against Mark Hughes’ Potters at the Emirates on Saturday, the Gunners will be looking to secure their 10th win of the Premier League season.

Second placed Arsenal could move level on points with league leaders Chelsea if Antonio Conte’s side fail to overcome Tony Pulis’s West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

In other Arsenal news, Carl Jenkinson has paid tribute to this Arsenal loanee.