The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Arsenal

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 2 - 0 B Dortmund

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group D

Wenger: Swansea our focus

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the best way his side can respond from their 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea is to beat Swansea on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 24/03/14 at 12:25 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Let's take it out on Swansea

Arsene Wenger: Let's take it out on Swansea

Wenger described the manner of Arsenal's Stamford Bridge capitulation as a "nightmare", but believes the ideal way to exorcise those demons is with a strong response in their rearranged Premier League match against the out-of-form Swans at the Emirates Stadium.

"What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it. I don't believe it is the time to talk too much about (what went wrong)," Wenger said.

"The players are deeply disappointed as we all are, but now I think let us prepare for the next game.

"We can win the next game, so that is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response.

"We are in a situation now where after such a disappointment that the next game becomes vital."

A statement was issued from governing body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited on Saturday evening, in which referee Andre Marriner acknowledged his mistake in sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 15 minutes.

Gibbs was shown red by Marriner with Chelsea 2-0 up, and the official thought it was the defender who had saved Eden Hazard's shot with his outstretched arm

The Football Association has confirmed Arsenal, or indeed the governing body itself, could appeal against the sending-off on the grounds of mistaken identity, with the suspension likely to be transferred to Oxlade-Chamberlain - who had approached the referee to tell him he was to blame at the time, but was waved away.

However, the Gunners could also subsequently launch an appeal on the grounds the handball had not in fact prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as Hazard's shot looked to be going wide.

Wenger said: "The referee made a mistake because he missed the identity of the player, he has not seen what happened at all.

"Maybe it was a penalty, but it was not Gibbs."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

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.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

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.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

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.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for last 16

Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Champions League: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both victorious, Monaco win at Leverkusen

Real Madrid won 1-0 at Basel to stay perfect in the Champions League, while Atletico and Monaco also claimed victories.

Champions League: Liverpool share points with 2-2 draw at Ludogorets in Group B

Liverpool drew 2-2 away to Ludogorets to keep their Champions League dream alive with one game left in Group B.

Mail Box

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

F365: Saving You From Bad Relationships

A cracking Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Willian, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Aguero. Plus how Football365 saved one man from an unhappy relationship...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property