By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes there is “no reason to be desperate” about his side’s Premier League situation.

An injury-hit Arsenal slipped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. It was the Londoners’ second reverse in a row and leaves them 10 points off leaders Chelsea after 14 games. Understandably the manager had suspended all title talk but, speaking afterwards, he tried to keep a level head.

“When you play football you can always lose,” he said. “We just have not to panic, keep our focus and keep going. It is difficult, I don’t deny that, but there is no reason to be desperate.

“The difficulty in games like Man City and Aston Villa is that we really have to keep a 0-0 as long as possible. Many teams try to do that in England. They just defend and tried not to concede. Man City did that today but they came out after they scored. 

“And when we are faced with that type of situation we sometimes lack a little patience.

“But I believe what is important now is the environment inside the Club and to keep the confidence high.”

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24 Nov 2008