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Wembley must be magic for me – Mertesacker

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says his goalscoring record at the Wembley Stadium has been “magic” after scoring the Gunners’ third goal in Saturday’s 4-0 English FA Cup Final triumph over Aston Villa, in where Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud netted the other three strikes.

The Germany international headed home midfielder Santi Cazorla’s cross as the Emirates Stadium outfit achieved a record-breaking 12th FA Cup win.

Mertesacker believes he has a special bond with the stadium, and told Arsenal Player: “Wembley must be magic for me.

“I scored against England as well as in a semi-final last season, and the final this year.

“It’s always good to score and that was a decisive moment in the game to put us 3-0 up. It was a great feeling and we are a great unit. You could see how we played together. Collectively, we were absolutely great today.”

The FIFA World Cup winner was encouraged by his side’s team performance and believes that the North Londoners togetherness will be key for an English Premier League title bid.

“That’s what we try to build and we need to improve that even more as well,” he added.

“The big topic for every team is to be together and show that not only off the pitch, but on the pitch as well, no matter what happens.

“We have great resilience, even when we dropped points or lost, we came back stronger. Hopefully we can continue that but we won’t take it for granted. We’ll celebrate as much as we can for as long as we can, and celebrate with our fans. We are looking forward to that.”

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