Francis Coquelin says Arsenal have received a wake-up call from their opening-day defeat to West Ham United.
Arsene Wenger’s side travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday for another London derby after a surprise reverse against the Hammers.
Coquelin admits it was “not an Arsenal performance” and is confident that the Gunners will return to their best at Selhurst Park.
"It’s good that it happened in the first game so that now we can pull ourselves together with 37 games left"
“It’s been a wake-up call for everyone,” he told Arsenal Player. “Considering the recent results we had before that, going really well in pre-season, it’s disappointing and it was not an Arsenal performance.
“However, in bad things, good things can come out too. It’s good that it happened in the first game so that now we can pull ourselves together with 37 games left. We’ve got time to put things right and that needs to start on Sunday.
“Everybody realises that we need to put more in. When you look at different teams I think a lot of them are ready. You look at Manchester City when they played against West Brom, I think they played really good football.
“We need to pull ourselves together and it’s going to be a real test on Sunday because Crystal Palace have a really good squad. We know the quality we have and we need to respond straight away. We’ve been working really hard in training and we need to put all of the training effort into the game.”
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