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

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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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