Bacary Sagna has vowed to help Arsenal bounce back after the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League yesterday.
The table-topping Gunners must wait two weeks until their next top flight encounter when high-flying Southampton visit the Emirates.
And Sagna says the squad will focus on the positives ahead of the game following the loss to David Moyes’ side.
Arsene Wenger’s men arguably deserved at least a draw from the game but can put part of the blame on a sloppy first-half performance for failing to pick up any points.
And Sagna said: “I want to think positive, I want to keep looking forward, I want to think we are first and we want to stay first. The best way to do it is to respond well on the next game.”
Sagna enjoyed a lot of success pushing forward on the right flank but the Gunners attack couldn’t get on the end of his crosses to bring the visitors level.
The France full-back added: “Yes, I think we created some nice chances. Unfortunately we didn’t score. We need to keep working hard. I need to keep working hard to try to serve the forward players as much as I can. I think I did quite well.
“But after playing like that during the first half, we couldn’t expect more. The only positive is we kept playing during the second half, we showed them we were a better team but we had to do this all through the game and we started playing too late.
“We wanted to finish the week on a good note. We didn’t, so it’s a bit hard to take. That is football. I think we learn about our team, about football as well.
“If we don’t give the maximum and if you lose decisive challenges you put yourself in trouble and that’s what happened during the first half. Now we’re going into the international week and we’re going to be ready to start again from the Southampton game.”