By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has called for a sense of perspective in the wake of Arsenal's surprise 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
The Frenchman admitted his team were "flat" at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as the Baggies surged into a three-goal lead after the break and held on for a shock win despite a late double from Samir Nasri.
Wenger has analysed the performance and now wants to draw a line under it as Arsenal focus on an important Champions League clash with Partizan Belgrade.
"The whole squad was very very low yesterday because we knew we had a good opportunity to win this game [against West Brom] and we didn't catch it," said Wenger.
"We have to stand up for what happened to us. It is our first defeat of the season and I think we have to take a perspective and a distance with that. We have done extremely well since the start of the season so now we will regroup and play well tomorrow night.
"Yes [it is good to draw a line under it] because we gave a lot physically against West Brom and it was not because we lacked effort [that we lost]," he added.
"I think we rushed our game and we didn't respect the priorities in our game and that's why we lost. But we gave a lot and I believe we will have a good game tomorrow because we are a good team."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source