Bacary Sagna insists Arsenal must remain confident despite losing their unbeaten run against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Gunners went into the game on the back of an encouraging festive period that had seen them go six games without defeat in the Premier League.
However, Laurent Koscielny’s early red card turned the game in favour of the champions and Arsène Wenger’s side slipped to a 2-0 home loss.
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“To play 11 v 11 against City is very hard, even if you are at home, but 10 against 11 is even harder,” Sagna told Arsenal Player.
“City have some quality players, we have some nice players as well but with one more on the pitch than us it makes it very difficult.
“We can't let our heads go down. First of all we need to rest because we play in two days [against Swansea]. After that we just need to keep pushing because we have many games to come back and we are not far from third position."Copyright 2013 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 14 Jan 2013