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Arsenal must remain focused

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rosicky: Arsenal must bounce back

Tomas Rosicky has backed Arsenal to recover from Saturday’s 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and fight their way back into contention for the Premier League title.

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The Gunners face Swansea on Tuesday before hosting title rivals Manchester City at the weekend, but after that they only have to play one more game against a side in the top eight.

Rosicky believes they have the character to come back and has targeted a win against Swansea as the starting point.

"This is a big slap in the face but there are still eight games to go and so many points still to play for," Rosicky told Arsenal's official website.

"When I played in Germany for Borussia Dortmund and we won the title there, in the season that we won it we were five points behind first place with four games to go and we still managed to win it.

"Everything is possible but the most important thing at the moment is to bounce back straight away.

"If you see in the past almost every time we had a negative result we always had a good reaction up until now. We have the experience of turning a negative into a positive very quickly. I'm expecting the same thing to happen on Tuesday."

Arsenal's defeat by Chelsea, on the day Arsene Wenger was supposed to celebrate his 1,000th match in charge of the club, left them fourth, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

Wenger described Saturday's game as "a nightmare," but Rosicky says there is no point dwelling on it -- especially with City heading to the Emirates this weekend.

"The boss is absolutely right with what he is saying," he said. "In the first half the way we played was like a suicide and the first two goals we conceded were almost like own goals.

"It's not the first time we've done it this year so that's the disappointing part. But I'm very confident that we can turn it around again and we have two big games at home now."


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