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Arsene Wenger forces his players to watch Monaco video nasty

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he sat down with the entire first-team squad to watch the video nasty of Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Monaco, in the hope of ensuring the same silly mistakes aren't repeated again anytime soon.

Wenger put himself and top Gunners stars through the painful process after a shock capitulation in the Champions League, admitting that it was tough to go through again but a neccesary evil.

The Gunners boss is now hoping to close that sorry chapter in Arsenal's season and secure more positive results very quickly, starting with a Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal players had to hate video analysis

Wenger told The Mirror: "It is always hard (to watch a defeat again). It is hard to see that you make mistakes.

"Having watched the game again, we started quite well and the goal against us was a big blow."

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Why haven't lessons been learned before?

Arsenal fans will be heartened to learn that Wenger is attempting to address the catalogue of shocking errors on display at the Emirates in midweek, but in truth we've heard it all before.

Last season saw the Gunners capitulate consistently in big matches without any sign of genuine progress. This term has been slightly different, but the Monaco defeat threatens to render a run of eight wins in 10 matches redundant due to the manner of the performance.

Wenger has a huge job on his hands to convince that Arsenal are still on the right track in what's left of this season, with third place and success in the FA Cup now the minimum target if a Monte Carlo miracle can't be pulled off in the second leg.

It will be interesting to see if Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker and co. produce the right reaction against Everton, particularly with the biggest game of Arsenal's season so far looming large a week on Monday, the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Arsenal fans, do you expect to see Arsenal respond in the right way against Everton? Is Wenger to blame for the shambles against Monaco or do the players have to take more responsibility themselves? Have your say by responding in the comment box below!

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