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This week's game against Manchester United is a chance for Arsenal to restate their Premier League title credentials, according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Challenged Arsenal to recover this week

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Challenged Arsenal to recover this week

Arsene Wenger's side gave up their lead at the top in grim fashion as they conceded four times in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

Wenger was uncharacteristically harsh on his players - and himself - in the aftermath of the game, demanding a response against the champions on Wednesday night.

And the message has clearly got through to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who said: "We are very disappointed, especially with the first half. We know we are better than that so in that sense we are gutted.

"But these things happen in football and it is our responsibility to turn that around and we have great opportunity on Wednesday night.

"When the first goal goes in early you have to respond and see out the next 10 or 15 minutes. We failed to do that and, credit to Liverpool, I thought they were brilliant and we were not up to scratch.

"In the second half we knew we had to improve and I believe that we did that. So there are some mental positives but we have to put it right on Wednesday."

Wenger said on Saturday: "I just think the whole team have failed to turn up with the right performance. We know that you need to be better focused at this kind of level.

"Overall our performance was just not good enough, and I include myself in that performance."

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sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

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eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

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ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

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