Djourou delivers United warning

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Arsenal will be looking to avenge their embarrassing 8-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford back in August when the Gunners welcome the reigning Barclays Premier League champions to the Emirates Stadium this weekend, admits John Djourou.

The 25-year-old Swiss international defender reflects on the loss as the lowest point of a poor start to the 2011-12 campaign, but is proud of the way he and his teammates have bounced back in the face of adversity.

Arsene Wenger's side have put themselves back in contention for a top-four finish, and despite going into Sunday's encounter off the back of consecutive defeats, at Fulham and Swansea, Djourou is confident Arsenal can get back to winning ways this weekend.

"It's a fantastic game for us after Swansea which was difficult to swallow," he told The Sun. "It will be a bounce-back game.

"We have to turn up, we have the away game still in our minds so there is revenge to take. We have to keep working hard to try to improve."

Arsenal currently sit four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and are at risk of not qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in Wenger's 15-year tenure, following 14 straight seasons in Europe's top tier competition.

"We have to fight to get in the top four," added Djourou. "It will be a difficult task but there is a long way to go."

Johan Djourou
Premier League

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