Arsene Wenger has described the defeat to Man City on Saturday as a major disappointment, but urged people not to go over the top in their reaction to the result.
Arsenal still sit top of the league for now, although results at the weekend could see us knocked off our perch, and the manager is looking for his team to respond in a positive manner.
“If we cannot pick ourselves up by being top of the league what will happen if we are not top of the league?” the boss told Arsenal Player. “Let’s not go overboard, it’s a massive disappointment because we have lost a big game.”
“But no 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. It’s not the end of the world but it’s a big disappointment.
Wenger also had some words for players like Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal whose performances were certainly below their best.
“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.”
And the manager called on his team to regain their defensive focus, saying they were too lax against a rampant City side.
“We didn’t defend well from up front and did not show enough solidarity defensively. That’s too easy going.
“We had the best defence until now in the league and to give six goals like we did is just difficult to accept because we lost our discipline and in the big games and you pay for that.”