Monday, 10th February, 2014

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has urged his side to bounce back from their disappointing 5-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, believing they can do just that.

The Gunners slipped down to third place after the defeat at Anfield, where a Martin Skrtel brace had handed the Reds a 2-0 lead by the 10th minute.

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Things became worse for Arsenal as they found themselves trailing by four goals by the 20th minute, courtesy of strikes from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

Sterling made it 5-0 after the break before Arteta scored a consolation goal for his side from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.


And the Spaniard, who admitted that the 5-1 thrashing was a bitter pill to swallow for Arsenal, acknowledged the fact that Liverpool were the better side.

However, the 31-year-old is confident about the Gunners recovering from the loss in his side’s upcoming games.

"We made it very difficult for ourselves by going 2-0 down so early", Arteta explained to his club’s official site.

"They were the better team and we're very disappointed.

"But we have to bounce back.

"We've done it in the past and we're going to do it again.

"It's a very hard one to take because we wanted to do well.

"But, when you play at Anfield, the first 10 to 15 minutes are so important and we never managed to get going."

Arsenal will next play Manchester United in a Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, before welcoming Liverpool and Bayern Munich to the ground for FA Cup and Champions League fixtures on 16th and 19th February respectively.

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