Manchester derby result has no special meaning – Wenger
Arsène Wenger expects Sunday's derby humiliation to have no long-term impact on Manchester United
Arsène Wenger admits Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat by Manchester City in Sunday’s derby was a surprise but remains confident Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will recover.
The Arsenal manager insists the result, which Ferguson described as the worst of his career, was a one-off and will not have an impact on United’s ability to defend their Premier League crown this season.
“It’s a surprise,” Wenger. “But France nearly beat New Zealand in the rugby and that was a surprise.
“Like when we lost 8-2, the big scores have no special meaning, it only means something special happened in the game.
“When you are in a position where you have to attack with 10 men against a good side you are vulnerable. It’s not that you lost three points, but the emotional aspect of a result like that remains in your head.”
With the Gunners struggling to break down a resilient Stoke City, Wenger introduced Robin Van Persie and the Netherlands international scored twice to help Arsenal to a 3-1 victory.
But Wenger denies claims that Arsenal have become a one-man team with Van Persie the last remaining star at the London club after Cesc FÃ bregas and Samir Nasri were sold in the summer.
“When you want to be a team with quality you always have a player who stands out and who gets on the end of things,” he added.
“We had Thierry Henry before. Robin has exceptional quality and so you get these questions.”