By Giuseppe Muro

Johan Djourou expects Arsenal to bounce back in a positive fashion following Saturday’s defeat against Blackburn Rovers.

The Swiss defender replaced Bacary Sagna in the second half at Ewood Park on Saturday but could not prevent the hosts coming from behind to win 4-3 on a disappointing afternoon for Arsène Wenger's side.

Arsenal now face Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup on Tuesday before hosting Bolton in the Premier League next weekend and Djourou wants to the players to respond in the right way.

“When you lose, it is always important to have a response,” he told Arsenal Player. “Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.

“We have to bounce back because we have another game and we have to be ready for those. We are disappointed but there is still a long way to go and things are not over yet.

“We had many chances to put the game to bed in the first half and, when you don’t do that, you are always in danger of getting punished. I think that is what happened on Saturday.

“The team is building together and we are getting stronger together,” he added. “We could have won the game but this team has got a lot of potential and we have to work hard to be the best.”

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18 Sep 2011