By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists that Arsenal were not adversely affected by last year's experience at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman visits Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since his team were beaten 8-2 there in August 2011 - the Club's heaviest Premier League defeat.

Arsenal recorded four wins in the six games that followed their Old Trafford loss - a sign that they quickly got it out of their systems.

"Honestly, it didn’t affect us," said Wenger. "It affected maybe more our environment. You feel humiliated after the game but after that, the next game when you win, you don’t focus on that.

"I think it’s when you lose a big game like that in the way we did it, it is to get over the hurdle in the next three weeks. Once you’ve got over that... well, the mood in the camp is always a consequence of the last result."

Indeed, Wenger does not consider the 8-2 defeat his worse moment in football.

"It was not the best, that is for sure, but it is not the worst for sure," he said. "The worst is when you lose the Champions League final in the last minute of a game and that has real meaning.

"There is purely an emotional aspect in the 8-2 but there is no mathematical consequence. We lost a game that is all.

"Of course you want your fans to be proud and happy and you know that they will be hurt deeply [by a heavy defeat]. But the football aspect was easy to explain. We gave everything in Udinese three days before in 35 degrees at night and I knew that we would be dead.

"We lost vital defensive players in that game. We went out very exposed but the most important game of the week was at Udinese."

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2 Nov 2012