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Arsenal captain expecting “a good reaction” against Chelsea following Champions League setback

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says the squad are desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat in their Champions League opener in midweek.

The Gunners crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night and now face a battle in order to qualify for the knockout stages in Europe as they will likely need a positive result in one of their back-to-back fixtures against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Next up for Arteta and his teammates is a huge London derby against defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday and the Spaniard has promised there will be a reaction following their loss in Croatia:

“We haven’t managed to win three games in a row which is very important. We had two in the pocket and wanted a good result in Zagreb,” he told the club’s official website.

“We have to react quickly. We’re quite good at that. We’ve done it in the past. Saturday will be a very different game.”

“[Chelsea] is a big game. We’re upset and we have to react. Sometimes when you have disappointment in the body it’s good because you find a good reaction,” Arteta added.

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The north London don’t have a good league record against their fierce rivals as they have failed to score in the four meetings between the two clubs, however, they can take confidence from the 1-0 victory in the Community Shield clash at the start of August as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the only goal of the game at Wembley.

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