By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger has called for Arsenal to respond like a wounded animal following a disappointing run of results that has all but ended their Premier League title hopes.
Dirk Kuyt’s last-gasp penalty stole a point at Emirates Stadium, Tottenham fought back from two goals down and Tamir Cohen’s late header for Bolton saw Arsenal drop points on three occasions in the space of seven days.
Sunday’s visit of Manchester United is unlikely to claw Wenger’s side back into the title mix but the manager insists his team must bounce back with a vengeance against the league leaders.
“We are certainly wounded [and] we have to build up the animal until Sunday,” he said. “We have been hit very hard.
“It is vital for us [to respond]. We had a blow on Sunday with a last-minute goal and it is vital for us to show that we have some mental qualities and finish with a very strong fighting spirit.
“Manchester United are now in a very strong position but we have to fight until the end of the last second of the season. It is very unlikely for us now - let's not hide the truth - but the pride of our group is to, first of all, finish in the Champions League places.
“It's important for our pride, for our mathematics in the table and for what we delivered this season. Because I feel until now, we delivered top quality games and once the season is over, and we look at the best games played this season, I'm sure that Arsenal has played a big part in it.”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 28 Apr 2011