Johan Djourou has issued a rallying call to his Arsenal teammates, urging them to respond to Saturday's 4-3 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the right way – starting with Tuesday evening's Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town.

The 24-year-old Swiss defender came on as a second half substitute at Ewood Park, replacing Bacary Sagna at right-back, but could do little to prevent Rovers from hitting three goals to come from behind, and ensure another disappointing afternoon for the Gunners.

"When you lose, it is always important to have a response," Djourou told Arsenal Player. "Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.

"We have to bounce back because we have another game and we have to be ready for those. We are disappointed but there is still a long way to go and things are not over yet."


Arsenal have now endured their worst start to a Barclays Premier League campaign under manager Arsene Wenger's tenure, with just four points from their opening five games. They will be looking to restore some early season pride when Bolton Wanderers visit the Emirates Stadium next weekend.

"We had many chances to put the game to bed in the first half and, when you don't do that, you are always in danger of getting punished," Djourou reflected on yesterday's defeat. "I think that is what happened on Saturday.

"The team is building together and we are getting stronger together. We could have won the game but this team has got a lot of potential and we have to work hard to be the best."

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