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'Why I believe in this strong group'

Arsene Wenger

Arsène Wenger has backed his team to bounce back to winning ways, after Arsenal failed to take maximum points in the Premier League for the first time since August. Middlesbrough frustrated the Gunners with a disciplined display at Emirates Stadium, and the boss has called for a response when Reading visit in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

"That’s our target," he told Arsenal Player. "We have a game on Tuesday night so let’s come back to winning habits straight away. It’s [about] how you deal with disappointment and how you bounce back and I believe that the group is strong enough. "We lost the first game here against Liverpool and after that we bounced back in a very strong way so that’s what we want to do again." The boss, who was celebrating his 67th birthday on Saturday, blamed a lack of sharpness for Arsenal not breaking down the Boro defence. "We had 75 per cent possession but we couldn't finish enough our combination play," he said. "We lacked a bit of speed and freshness in what we started, and at the end of the day it was a frustrating nil-nil. "At least we were intelligent enough not to lose it though, because in the first half we were under threat a few times. At the end of the day we got the point, it is not enough, of course, but it is still a point."

 

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