By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger sat through a re-run of his team's 8-2 defeat at Manchester United because he did not want to hide from reality.

Arsenal have made significant strides forward since their difficult start to the season reached its nadir at Old Trafford in August and they will be looking to repeat last year's home win over the champions this weekend.

Wenger will not be dwelling on their last meeting while he prepares for Sunday's showdown at Emirates Stadium but that does not mean he did not learn lessons from it.

"I have seen it again because you have to face reality," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"It was under special circumstances. Nobody is too keen to dwell on that, we want to move forward and show what we are really made of. That’s why this kind of game on Sunday is a good opportunity to show we have moved on.

"I am convinced that [the 8-2 scoreline does not have a big meaning] because it was an accident on the day. But we are now in a position when you want to make points and it is important that we keep the belief high and that we focus on giving absolutely everything on Sunday and win our game."

Wenger was active in the transfer market in the days after that defeat at Old Trafford, bringing in Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Ju Young Park before the deadline. But he insists that was not a reaction to one scoreline.

"No not really," he said. "It was more linked to the fact that near the same date we knew Wilshere would have surgery, Diaby had not recovered, Vermaelen needed surgery and Gibbs was injured as well.

"We felt we could not go on like that, so it was more down to medical reasons than the result."

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player from Friday.

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