Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his players to respond to their disappointing defeat to Manchester City by beating Chelsea next week.
The Gunners were thrashed 6-3 by Manuel Pellegrini’s men at the Etihad Stadium as Wenger’s side saw their lead at the top of the Premier League table cut to two points.
The Frenchman has admitted that the defeat was a massive disappointment but is confident that the Gunners will respond against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
If we cannot pick ourselves up by being top of the league what will happen if we are not top of the league?. Let’s not go overboard, it’s a massive disappointment because we have lost a big game.
But not matter what happens over the weekend we’ll still be top of the league and what is important now is how we respond to that.
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It’s not the end of the world but it’s a big disappointment. When you come into a big game everybody wants to play.
You have an opportunity to show how good you are and when you don’t do it, it’s a disappointment.
It was a frustrating game and despite the high score line, Arsenal really could have got a positive result in the game if they had converted their chances. There were moments in the game that could have gone the Gunners way on a different day and there were some individual errors which contributed to City’s goals. There were periods of the game where Arsenal look laboured and failed to maintain a high tempo throughout the whole game.
The Gunners defence has been rock solid on which the good start to the season has been built on and it was unexpected to see it opened up so many times. Manchester City were clinical in punishing them for their mistakes. These individual errors just haven’t been happening in recent weeks, so hopefully this game will just be a blip in Arsenal’s season, rather than the start of a decline.
Wenger has to take the positives from the game and use them as a way of making the team believe they can beat the big teams. During some periods of the game the team looked a bit tired as they were playing their third game in less than week, but the Gunners now have over seven days to fully recover and get ready for the big game against Chelsea.
It will be tough game against our London rivals but we have enough fire power and if we can regain our defensive solidity the Gunners can have a real crack at the Blues.
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