Arsène Wenger believes losing two games in a row is a crisis - but he's not afraid to call it that.

The Arsenal manager saw his side bounce back from two consecutive Premiership defeats, at Bolton and Fulham, to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory over North London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

The result, he says, has halted a brief but turbulent period for the Gunners.

"I feel the team has the quality to come through this period of crisis," said Wenger. "I feel as the manger it is important that when it doesn't go well you intervene and make the right decisions quickly.

"That is because the longer the crisis lasts the more difficult it becomes for the next game. I've said many times that I'm not scared of the word 'crisis'. For me to lose a game is always a crisis at a big club, and to lose two is a real crisis.

"It's been a tougher week than normal. Three victories, or two defeats and a victory [from three games] makes a big difference. I've always said it is very difficult when you lose a game but there is no other way but to come back and fight as mad as you can to win the next one.

"I'm always confident before every game because I always believe my players will do well, and I'm sure they will again against Porto."

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4 Dec 2006