Mikel Arteta wants reaction not recrimination to follow Arsenal’s surprise defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. 

The Spaniard was part of the side beaten 5-1 at Anfield on an afternoon when everything went wrong for Arsène Wenger’s team.

However with key games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium in the next 10 days, the midfielder knows the recipe for redemption is simple.

We need to react, improve and face the games ahead in a different manner

Mikel Arteta

"[It will happen] by helping each other and not blaming each other," he said. "Normally, after a game like that, you tend to blame each other for mistakes in the game.

"I don’t think that is the right thing to do. We need to be realistic and improve on what we have done.

“We have been here before so hopefully we will be able to do it again.

"We have had two big crises this season - Manchester City away and this one. But it is done now. We need to react, improve and face the games ahead in a different manner.

"We made it very difficult for ourselves by going 2-0 down so early," he went on. "They were the better team and we're very disappointed.

"But we have to bounce back. We've done it in the past and we're going to do it again. It's a very hard one to take because we wanted to do well. But, when you play at Anfield, the first 10 to 15 minutes are so important and we never managed to get going."

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 Richard Clarke 9 Feb 2014