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‘We must show we are up to the fight’

Arsène Wenger says his team must show that they are “at the level of the fight” after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester United.

The loss, coupled with Leicester City’s victory on Saturday, leaves Arsenal five points off the top of the Premier League with 11 games to play.

"Things can change quickly. We need to bounce back quickly on Wednesday night"

While Wenger was disappointed with his side’s result at Old Trafford, the manager says his side “need to bounce back quickly” ahead of Wednesday’s home match against Swansea City.

“We have to show that we are at the level of this fight,” he told Arsenal Player. “Things can change quickly. We need to bounce back quickly on Wednesday night.

“We put ourselves on a bad foot by giving two goals away on crosses. After that, it became difficult.

“But we gave a lot. We came back to 2-1 but then gave them the third goal. It was a difficult game for us but I cannot fault our commitment, our energy.

“Unfortunately, at the moment, in the final third we didn’t create enough and they defended well.

“They defended well and made many fouls in the middle of the park that stopped our flow. I think that’s a little problem in the modern game.”

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