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Arsene Wenger demands Arsenal learn from defeats

Wenger wants a response. (©GettyImages)
Wenger wants a response. (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger wants his team to respond to their back-to-back home defeats by beating Liverpool this weekend.

Arsenal have so far failed to impress in a run of tough games, losing to both Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea at the Emirates in the space of a week.

The Gunners face Liverpool in north London on Saturday in a tie that will either reinforce or discredit Arsenal's title challenge.

The game against the Anfield outfit signals the start of a crucial eight days for Wenger and Arsenal, who will also face Dortmund away and Manchester United away.

Although unbeaten on the road this season, Arsenal have lost three games at home across three competitions and Wenger wants his team to end the run before the issue grows in to a problem.

He told the Daily Mirror: "We want to win every home game, so the home form is a concern - but not as big a concern as the statistics might show it.

"Against Dortmund and Chelsea, we gave easy goals away. That is a positive and a negative. The negative is that we gave the goals away, but the positive is that neither of them created too many chances against us.

"It is down to how we get rid of those mistakes without losing the belief in our qualities. That is what is at stake."

Wenger has had to reshuffle his team on numerous occasions, no more so than on the wings with Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott all currently out for injuries.

The Arsenal manager says the Arsenal team are different without the trio but admits that their absence is no excuse for failure.

He added: "Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski are three players who have a big impact offensively. If you put them in, I believe that it's a completely different position in the team.

"But we have to learn from the last two home games. The goals we gave away were the turning points and we have to make sure it doesn't happen in the next game, without losing our drive going forward but being more composed in the final third.

"It is true it is difficult to swallow what has happened to us in the last week, but as well, the mistakes were so big that it can be corrected.

"We have to keep the basis of our game and go into it with that and get our mistakes out. Now we have to respond well against Liverpool. We are in a strong position in the league and we have a good opportunity at home.

"But we have to turn this round. Away from home we are very solid, but at home it is important - vital - to win the big games."

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