By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says his team must restore their defensive stability immediately if they are to climb back up the table.

Arsenal slipped to their second successive Premier League defeat on Sunday when they lost 3-2 at Swansea, a result which left the manager frustrated at missed chances and a lack of composure.

Wenger was particularly unhappy with the nature of Swansea’s third goal, which came almost immediately after Theo Walcott had equalised at the Liberty Stadium.

“You will never find a happy manager after a defeat like that. What was worrying was that while we were 1-0 up we had chances to score the second goal and then we gave goals away,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We thought we had stabilised the defensive sector but we have been vulnerable in recent games. When you come back to 2-2 and then 30 seconds later it is 3-2, it is very difficult to swallow.

“The team has been very disappointed but I cannot fault the effort. If we score two goals away from home we must be capable of coming away with a point at least. That is where we want to improve and come back to our defensive stability.”

Wenger admits he was surprised by the defeats to Fulham and Swansea, and is demanding an improvement from his side against Manchester United on Sunday.

“I put Fulham down to the fact that on the corner we made a mistake. We made [mistakes] again at Swansea and it is important that we focus again on defending well together. That is vital going into a game against Manchester United,” he said.

See the full interview with the manager on Arsenal Player from Friday.

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20 Jan 2012