Arsene Wenger Challenges His Arsenal Side To Respond Positively After Stoke City Debacle

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Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal team to respond positively after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke with a good performance against Galatasaray in the Champions League tonight.

The Gunners have already qualified for the next round of the Champions League, but a victory could see them pip Borussia Dortmund to top spot in Group D and therefore be seeded in the round of 16.

Arsenal suffered from a poor defensive display against Stoke at the weekend, conceding a goal inside 19 seconds and going in at half-time 3-0 down.

“The response after defeat is always very important,” said Wenger to the BBC.
“I think tomorrow is my 180th Champions League game and that shows that we have always responded.”

Wenger received personal criticism after the match with the Potters from some Arsenal fans, and was aggressively booed and abused by a section of the support whilst he and the players boarded a train back to London after Sunday’s match.

However, the Arsenal manager remained defiant in the face of criticism and said he was unaffected by such personal attacks.

“We are professional footballers and football people, we have to cope with that. I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way. It is part of our job. We cannot always look for excuses,” he said.

“We want to be judged at the end of the season, not after every single game where it is normal that emotion is always very high, so let us get our stability back defensively and see at the end of the season where we are.”

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