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Friday 24 February 2012

Wenger issues Arsenal rallying call

Gunners boss wants his team to end blip in form with a win over Man Utd on Sunday

Arsenal were beaten 8-2 by Man Utd in the corresponding fixture at Old Trafford

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says next weekend’s match against Manchester United is the perfect opportunity for his side to bounce back from two straight Barclays Premier League defeats.

The Gunner s were beaten 2-1 by Fulham at Craven Cottage at the beginning of January while on Sunday, they took an early lead against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium only to lose the contest 3-2.

But Wenger believes that his side can use Sunday's match against Manchester United to rejuvenate their attempt to cement a place in the top four.

"It is a massive opportunity because you feel we have given six points away in the last two games in a way that is unbelievable," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

"That's now twice - at Swansea and at Fulham - where we have given the game away."
- Arsene Wenger

"It is time for us to wake up and be focused - we have a good opportunity to do that against Manchester United."

And Wenger says his team will need to show a big improvement if they are to overcome Manchester United,  who currently lie second in the League table.

"That's now twice - at Swansea and at Fulham - where we have given the game away," added Wenger.

"At our level that is frustrating and not good enough.

"It is down to a lack of composure and the right decision-making. It is alarming because at Fulham we were 1-0 up and we lost the game.

"[Against Swansea] we came back to 2-2 and straight away we gave the third goal away. It is really a concern."

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Key Points

  • Arsenal have lost their last two Barclays Premier League matches
  • Boss Arsene Wenger relishes Man Utd test
  • Manager demands improved performance against Man Utd on Sunday