Champions League - Mertesacker pleased to progress

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes complacency played a part in the Gunners' 2-0 Champions League defeat at Napoli but the German is happy to be in the draw for the first knockout stage.

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker and Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain (AFP)

The Londoners secured their place in the last 16 with victory over Marseille last time out and seemed a little under par at the Stadio San Paolo, where goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Maria Callejon earned Napoli all three points.

A poor night for Arsenal also saw midfielder Mikel Arteta pick up a red card midway through the second half.

The last-16 draw is made on Monday and Mertesacker told Sky Sports News: "We were at 10 per cent less mentally because we were always thinking we were through.

"But we deserved (to go through) because we played a good group stage. We're second in the group for the draw next week."

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