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Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has urged his team-mates to show their strength by making Manchester United wait to be crowned champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage last week and, presuming they beat Wigan later this week, United will need just a point against the Gunners to ensure they retain the Barclays Premier League crown.

Silvestre said: "It is a good chance to prove to ourselves that we have got what it takes to fight and be on top of the league for next season. Players have to fight for their spots and show the boss they deserve to be there and have the will to defend Arsenal's colours."

Arsenal suffered their worst home defeat for 32 years against Chelsea and the result ended a run of 21 unbeaten league games for the Gunners.

But after conceding seven goals in their past two games against United and Chelsea, Arsenal's defence has come under fire.

"It's a very bad week for us - two defeats a home and it was not the response we wanted to give to the fans against Chelsea," added Silvestre.

"The will was there but the luck was not. We need to concentrate on the last two games and stay professional.

"It was hard for two days to digest the defeat to United but after that when you play Chelsea at home, you have to look forward to it.

"It would be easy to put the blame on the defence itself but there are 11 to defend the ball. We played against top sides and showed some weaknesses. It is for the boss to analyse this. But as a defender it is always painful to concede so many goals.

"We always learn more when you have defeats like that but is disappointing to finish where we are now."

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