By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal’s 8-2 defeat against Manchester United was a one-off and insists it will not affect the younger players in the squad.

The freakish result at Old Trafford two weeks ago was the Frenchman's heaviest of his 16-year tenure in charge at the Club but he is not concerned about any long-term impact it may have.

And the manager is expecting a positive response when Premier League newcomers Swansea City visit Emirates Stadium this weekend.

“It’s one game, a one-off, it’s not what you want of course but I don’t feel you need to lose confidence,” he said. “What is important is we respond well tomorrow.

“You can look at it as a massive blow to us but at the end of the day the big scores in football have no real meaning quality-wise.

“It is difficult to swallow because it is a kind of humiliation but, apart from that, they have no special meaning considering the quality.

“The advantage of youth is you worry less,” he added.

“I don’t think necessarily that age is an advantage in that. When you are young you just want to play the next game and show how good you are.”

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9 Sep 2011