Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal to respond to Man City loss

Arsene Wenger challenges his Arsenal players to respond to their defeat by Manchester City by beating Chelsea next week

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Arsene Wenger's side are top of the Premier League table Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal players to respond to their disappointing defeat by 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.

Let’s not go overboard, it’s a massive disappointment because we have lost a big game

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But although the Arsenal boss admits that the defeat was a “massive” disappointment, the Frenchman is confident his side will respond against Jose Mourinho’s men on 23 December.

“If we cannot pick ourselves up by being top of the league what will happen if we are not top of the league?” Wenger said.

“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.

“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.”

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