Arsene Wenger: Arsenal will respond against Liverpool

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Arsene Wenger has promised a response from his side in Saturdays crunch clash with Liverpool.

Arsenal failed to impress in last night's disappointing defeat to London neighbours Chelsea, and fans will be worrying that the result is a sign of things to come.

The game kick-started a difficult run of games for the Gunners, with the table toppers facing Liverpool at the Emirates in their next game.

Their 2-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho's side last night was their second consecutive loss at home, although Wenger will be pleased to return to league action as the Gunners continue to impress in the title race.

Arsenal could be on the verge of collapse should the next three fixtures pan out similarly to last night, as they face a crucial fixture in the Champions League as well as two huge ties in the league.

And Wenger has reassured fans that the Gunners will respond on Saturday:

"We will respond against Liverpool, don't worry," he told Arsenal Player.

"The home form is a concern but not as big as the statistics show it, because I felt in big games against Dortmund and [Chelsea] we gave easy goals away.

"There are positives and negatives, the negatives are we give the goals away, the positives are that we don't give many chances away. So we have to keep doing that and focus on the next game."

Chelsea won the game thanks to goals from Spanish duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata, as a lacklustre Arsenal struggled to impose themselves on the game.

The Blues' first goal came following an error from right-back Carl Jenkinson, while Mata's rasping effort all but sealed the tie.

The manner of defeat disappointed the Arsenal chief, as he says they put themselves on the back foot.

"It was a disappointing [result against Chelsea] because we put a lot of effort in and played at a high pace and put ourselves on the back foot," he said. "Then of course you have to take a big risk always and be a bit open on the counter-attack, and in the end we got punished.

"The first goal was a turning point because it was a corner for us and then a goal for them. Overall we have to learn from that and get back into the next game without losing our drive going forward but be a bit more composed in our final third."

Arsenal will welcome back first-team regulars Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker for the game against Brendan Rodgers' team, though will miss Mathieu Flamini with injury.

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