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Andrey Arshavin stokes up team-mates after Arsenal's defeat

Andrey Arshavin believes Arsenal must quickly forget about defeat at Manchester United and focus on getting back to the top of the Premier League with victory over Stoke.

The Gunners went down 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night to a somewhat fortunate first-half header from Park Ji-sung.

However, Arsenal Wenger's men failed to make the most of their possession — and were given a let-off when Wayne Rooney put his second-half penalty over the bar.

Despite their inability to deliver a big performance when it really matters, with United — who have a match in hand, not playing next until Sunday at Chelsea — Arsenal would return to the summit with victory over the Potters on Saturday afternoon.

Arshavin insists that is all the squad must not focus on.

“There is no time to be melancholy or sad. We need to forget this defeat and start thinking about the next match,” the Russian declared.

“We need to prepare properly for each opponent. The championship is very interesting this year and nothing has been lost yet.”

Arshavin feels the Gunners were ‘unfortunate’ not to come away from Old Trafford with a positive result.

“We didn't deserve defeat. The match was a battle,” reflected Arshavin.

“Both teams fought for the result and unfortunately we lost.

“I think Manchester United had more luck than us during the game, but we were not able to create anything special near their goal.

“We didn't play for a draw. We simply acted responsibly in defence and looked for our chances to attack.

“If it wasn't for a fortunate bounce at the end of the first-half, we would have gone in at half-time 0-0 and the second-half would have been easier.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has declared himself ‘disappointed’ with the result in his team's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and described Ji-Sung Park's winning goal as ‘pretty lucky.’

“We were disappointed with the result, but we still believe we are one of the top sides, if not the best in the Premier League,” said Szczesny.

“We feel we can beat pretty much everyone, that we can recover for the game on Saturday and be back in the race.”

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