Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday was "an accident" and has backed his men to bounce back against Manchester United this evening.

The Gunners had taken to the pitch at Anfield as Premier League leaders, but were quickly torn to shreds and were 4-0 down by the 20th minute of the match.

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The defeat was a crushing blow to Wenger's men and relegated them to second in the Premier League standings, behind Chelsea, with 55 points from 25 games.

But, with Manchester United set to visit the Emirates Stadium this evening for another big Premier League game, Wenger wants to write the Liverpool match off as a blip.


"It's always a disappointment to lose a game, but I think it was an accident because we have been very stable defensively and we have to treat it like that", he told a press conference via his club's site.

"We've just come back from a 10-game unbeaten run.

"You cannot consider one game as the trend or the pattern of our season.

"It's an accident, not a welcome [one] of course, a very disappointing one but a successful season is decided by how you respond to that."

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