Club captain Mikel Arteta insists we are more than capable of bouncing back against Chelsea, and claims our loss against Dinamo Zagreb can spur us on ahead of the London derby, as reported by The Telegraph.
Arteta showed once again against the Croatian side that he is physically well past his prime, and arguably unable to compete at the highest level anymore. He still has a huge part to play off the field though, and his leadership qualities are constantly on display.
The Spaniard claims the team can use their disappointment to react against Chelsea, and beat Jose Mourinho’s side for the second time this season.
“We have to react quickly,” said Arteta. “We’re quite good at that. We’ve done it in the past. Saturday will be a very different game. We’re upset and we have to react. Sometimes when you have disappointment in the body it’s good because you find a good reaction.
“We only got back to the training ground at 4-5am in the morning. We will try to get a good sleep and tomorrow is a new day, a time to be positive and take good things into the next game because we can beat Chelsea.
“We know there is no room for error. We experienced that last year when we lost in the first game at Dortmund. We still managed to finish second in the group. But it was not the result we were expecting that’s for sure. It doesn’t help, before a big game. We haven’t managed to win three games in a row which is very important.”
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Arsene Wenger has a woeful record against Mourinho, but the Frenchman finally got the better of his Portuguese nemesis in the Community Shield this season. He and the team will be looking to do the same thing at Stamford Bridge, although it is sure to be a far tougher task.
The Blues have been on an incredibly poor run of form in the league, and are lounging near the relegation zone. They got back to winning ways by thumping Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 midweek however, and will be looking to carry that momentum into the weekend’s fixture.
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Chelsea have the added advantage of both games being at home, while we have had to travel to Croatia and back before our quick trip across London to the Bridge. Hopefully Arteta is right and the team bounce back quickly from this painful defeat.