Arsenal star issues public apology for Chelsea performance

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Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has declared that Saturday's humiliating 6-0 defeat to title rivals Chelsea 'hurts deeply inside', issuing a public apology to supporters for their performance and insisting they will do everything in their power to bounce back.

Arteta was skipper last weekend as the Gunners collapsed to a crushing loss at Stamford Bridge, which saw Arsene Wenger's side fall 3-0 down and controversially have Kieran Gibbs dismissed inside 17 minutes.

The Gunners are no strangers to setbacks against top sides on the road this season, with Liverpool and Manchester City also hammering Wenger's men, but Arteta believes that Saturday's latest blow was their worst display of the season by some distance.

He told the club's official website: "It hurts deeply inside. It's embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation.

"Psychologically it's really hard and when you go through that you analyse it and you know you don't want to be in that situation again.

"I promise everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday we have an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back."

Arsenal stars have made similar promises of redemption following 5-1 and 6-3 defeats to Liverpool and City earlier in the campaign, but Arteta is adamant that there is more to responding that simply promising an immediate recovery.

He explained: "You cannot only just move on, you have to analyse what you've done and react.

"I'm expecting a big reaction on Tuesday because we have to and Saturday was not good enough for this football club."

Wenger and his under-fire side have an opportunity to respond tomorrow night, with Swansea City the visitors in a clash at the Emirates where both sides will be desperate for three precious points.

For all Arsenal's detractors following last weekend's humiliation they can move back to within four points of table toppers Chelsea with a win over Swansea, while more pressingly moving nine clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a home win.

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