Arsène Wenger has described the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool as an "accident" and believes it's not a true reflection of Arsenal's season.

The Gunners had gone 10 games unbeaten before the loss at Anfield and have the chance to respond quickly when Manchester United visit Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The Arsenal manager feels his team's season will be decided by how well they react to setbacks.

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

Arsène Wenger

"It's always a disappointment to lose a game," Wenger said. "But I think it was an accident because we have been very stable defensively and we have to treat it like that.

"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.

"We tend always to forget how good we are when we are not successful. It's important that we remind them [the team] we have done very well until now and we have worked very hard to be in that position.

"I love this group of players. They deserve success and I think they will respond in a very positive way."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Isaac Moore 11 Feb 2014