Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Arsenal Gunner make United wait: Silvestre

Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has urged his team-mates to show their strength by making Manchester United wait to be crowned champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage last week and, presuming they beat Wigan later this week, United will need just a point against the Gunners to ensure they retain the Barclays Premier League crown.

But the former Old Trafford defender insists Arsenal must bounce back from Sunday’s 4-1 home defeat by Chelsea by fighting all the way for the Arsenal cause.

"It is always a game to look forward to," said Silvestre. "It will be tough going back there. We need to play like we started against Chelsea and make sure it goes our way when it comes to scoring goals.

"It is a good chance to prove to ourselves that we have got what it takes to fight and be on top of the league for next season. Players have to fight for their spots and show the boss they deserve to be there and have the will to defend Arsenal’s colours."

Arsenal suffered their worst home defeat for 32 years against Chelsea and the result ended a run of 21 unbeaten league games for the Gunners.

But after conceding seven goals in their past two games against United and Chelsea, Arsenal’s defence has come under fire.

"It’s a very bad week for us.

“Two defeats a home and it was not the response we wanted to give to the fans against Chelsea," added Silvestre.

"The will was there but the luck was not. We need to concentrate on the last two games and stay professional.”

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