Arsene Wenger has told his players to set their sights on a victory against West Bromwich Albion to get their title charge back on track.
The Gunners go in to the Boxing Day Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium on the back of two desperately disappointing away defeats.
Wenger’s charges lost 2-1 to Manchester City on Sunday following a midweek defeat to Everton to dent their top flight crown hopes.
It means Arsenal are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea, and sit in fourth behind Liverpool and Manchester City and are just one point ahead of north London rivals Tottenham.
The manor of the defeats, both of which saw the north London giants take the lead, has led to criticism of the manager and the players.
But Wenger says the only response is to look to taking on the Baggies to kick-off the Gunners’ festive fixtures after which they host Crystal Palace.
“Let’s focus on the next game. We have had a very disappointing week, we have played four times out of five away from home and we have to respond, recover physically and respond quickly.”
Of the City defeat, the Frenchman said the result was so difficult to take because it never looked on the cards after an encouraging start from the visitors.
“It’s terrible because it didn’t look like we could lose this game at City. Then in the second half we come out straight away and we concede an offside goal. It’s not enough because after we concede another offside goal and I think it’s unacceptable to lose games like that.”
“In the recent weeks we have been absolutely punished by wrong decisions but we can only look at ourselves. I think we dropped physically as well in the second half and maybe the equaliser gave them some courage and we dropped.”
“We came back in the last 20 minutes but they killed the game well. They stayed down, they have a lot of experience and we have to live with that. I am, of course, extremely disappointed but we have to respond to a horrible week and as well some horrible decisions.”