By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has urged his players to put their concerns to one side and bounce back quickly after a turbulent week on the pitch.
Andrey Arshavin questioned the lack of height in Arsenal's squad when he spoke to reporters in the wake of last Sunday's defeat against Chelsea and, at his pre-match press conference, Wenger acknowledged that injuries to Nicklas Bendtner, Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby had left Arsenal short - in more ways than one.
The Frenchman believes Arshavin's words were lost in translation but, either way, he can do nothing to address Arsenal's lack of height until his injured players return or the transfer window opens.
Until then Wenger wants his players to behave like ‘champions' and keep Arsenal's title challenge on track.
"I read the original interview [with Arshavin] and it is not exactly what he said," noted the manager.
"He said at the moment we missed some players and that it is difficult but the Premier League is difficult.
"You can understand sometimes that after a big game loss their disappointment gets a little high. Of course we were shocked by what happened [against Chelsea] on Sunday. Sometimes you cannot take every word after a game literally, especially when it is translated.
"I personally love Arshavin as a player and as a man and I can understand the comments of the players sometimes but I believe it's important that no matter what I should do or not do, I cannot do anything before January. So let's focus on our immediate targets and try to win our football games.
"It's part of our quality to show that when it doesn't go as well we are still strongly determined to go. I have said many times, champions keep going when normal human beings stop. That is what we want to show."