By Declan Taylor

Mikael Silvestre insists that Arsenal can bounce back “very quickly” at Stoke on Saturday after their shock 4-4 draw against Tottenham in midweek.

With only seconds of normal time remaining in Wednesday’s North London derby at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were cruising at 4-2. However two last-gasp Spurs goals secured an unlikely point for the Gunners’ old enemy.

Silvestre, who scored his first Arsenal goal against Harry Redknapp’s men, admitted that the draw was difficult to stomach but was certain that there were plus-points from the performance.

“As the manager said there was a lot of positive things about this game but it is something we have to bounce back from very quickly,” said the 31-year-old.

“It was painful because, at 4-2 up, you think you have won it and conceding two goals in the last four or five minutes of the game is very hard. It feels like we lost that game.

“I didn't think I would score that early in my Arsenal career but it was good to get it back to 1-1.

“I think we made it difficult for ourselves because we had to concede that first goal to press a bit more, be more aggressive and more positive in our game.

“We would rather play like we played at West Ham, where we were much more sturdy. It was a good team performance there. If we can repeat that [on Saturday] it would be better than the 4-4.”

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31 Oct 2008