The Gunners were blown away with a stunning first half display by Liverpool at Anfield, which saw Arsenal drop into second place in the table.
The Frenchman has asked the fans not to read too much into the significance of the heavy defeat ahead of United’s trip to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It’s always a disappointment to lose a game. But I think it was an accident because we have been very stable defensively and we have to treat it like that.
We’ve just come back from a 10-game unbeaten run. You cannot consider one game as the trend or the pattern of our season. It’s an accident, not a welcome [one] of course, a very disappointing one but a successful season is decided by how you respond to that.
We tend always to forget how good we are when we are not successful. It’s important that we remind them [the team] we have done very well until now and we have worked very hard to be in that position.
I love this group of players. They deserve success and I think they will respond in a very positive way.
The Gunners began a difficult run of games in the worst possible manner, as they were thumped by a rampant Liverpool. This was truly a dismal performance and Arsenal were poor from front to back. It was hard to believe that we supposedly had the meanest defence in the Premier League.
The confidence of everyone associated with the club has taken a big hit, but we should remember that despite the five goal mauling, Arsenal have only lost three points and are just 1 point behind Chelsea. The last time the Gunners lost heavily they recovered to embark upon a 10 match unbeaten run.
Arsenal are in the midst of a daunting fixture list, but that arguably provides them with the perfect opportunity to bounce back. It’s up to the players to show that Arsenal still have the required mettle to win the title and they must know their performance was not up to scratch and they will surely be grateful for a chance to put things right straight away.
Every team suffers setbacks but champions are defined by how they respond to those losses. Can we come back with a bang against United?