Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal need a win after League Cup defeat at the hands of Chelsea

Frenchman seeking positive response in this weekend's top of the table clash with Liverpool to halt his teams slide

The Emirates Stadium

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal need to beat Liverpool on Saturday after two damaging home wins against big sides.

Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Chelsea, losing 2-0, just one week after their 2-1 Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund. After a strong start to the season, Arsenal need to show they can beat the best and Wenger demanded that his players to respond against Liverpool - third placed in the Premier League - on Saturday evening.

“It's better to win,” Wenger said of their recent run. “It's difficult, but that's part of the season. We know the games. We have to respond well against Liverpool. We are in a strong position in the league and have a good opportunity at home, and we have to turn this round. Away from home we are very solid, but at home you know it is important and vital to win the big games.”

Against both Chelsea and Dortmund, Arsenal conceded sloppy early goals and Wenger said they need to put that out of their mind in future. “It is not easy to correct at 1-0 down, but it is feasible. We have not to let that play too much on our minds. Just go to the next game, play good football and be focused. We were a bit nervous. Tonight we kicked some balls out that were not needed at the back.”

Wenger insisted that, overall, his team - still top of the Premier League - were playing well and that they should not be harshly judged too soon.

“Let's not go too quick to a conclusion. If you take the points we have made since 1 January, it's more than anyone else. On a longer distance, you'll see more of the quality of the team than in the last two games. It's difficult to swallow what happened to us in the last week, but the mistakes are so big they can be corrected. We have to keep the basis of our game and go into the next one.”

“In football It is always difficult to be definite. People go quickly to definite conclusions. After the first game against Villa we were relegated. Today we are in a strong position in the league. It's how we rid ourselves of these mistakes without losing the belief in our qualities. That is what is at stake.”

Chelsea's man of the match Juan Mata was delighted, returning to the team for just his seventh start of the season and marking the occasion with his side's second goal. “I always enjoy being on the pitch and I’m proud we could win for the fans. We’ve played City and Arsenal this week, two of the best teams in Europe, and we’ve beaten them. That shows we’re ready to fight for titles,” he said.

Mata praised Chelsea’s display as “professional” as they hardly ever looked troubled by an Arsenal side which did have attacking quality in it. It was an organised Chelsea performance reminiscent of the first Mourinho era at the club.

“It was a professional performance,” Mata said. “We tried to do our best. It was difficult because Arsenal have been playing really well this season in the Champions League and the Premier League. It is a pleasure for us to come here with so many supporters and we’re all happy. Arsenal will try to win all the time and create chances. With players like Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil. So it was an important goal to make the distance greater between us.”

Mata insisted that his only focus was playing on the pitch and did not make a point about his relative lack of games this season when asked. “I just try to play and enjoy it. The manager is the one who makes the decision. I will always try my best for this club.”

Azpilicueta, who made just the third start of his season, was also delighted to start and to score. “It was a pleasure for me to score my first Chelsea goal,” the Spanish right-back explained. “I’ve been looking for that for a long time. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to make that sort of run, from our box to theirs, but I thought I could be there with a chance of scoring. I arrived. When I had the chance I attacked it and took it.”

News
Michael Buerk in the I'm A Celebrity jungle 2014
people
Arts and Entertainment
Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office after its release in 2009
filmJames Cameron is excited
Voices
File: David Cameron offers a toast during a State Dinner in his honour March 14, 2012
voicesAnd nobody from Ukip said babies born to migrants should be classed as migrants, says Nigel Farage
Arts and Entertainment
Stik on the crane as he completed the mural
art
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Happy in his hat: Pharrell Williams
people
Arts and Entertainment
Stella Gibson is getting closer to catching her killer
tvReview: It's gripping edge-of-the-seat drama, so a curveball can be forgiven at such a late stage
News
Brazilian football legend Pele pictured in 2011
peopleFans had feared the worst when it was announced the Brazil legand was in a 'special care' unit
News
i100(More than you think)
Sport
Brendan Rodgers seems more stressed than ever before as Liverpool manager
FOOTBALLI like Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
News
The number of GP practices with 10 or more doctors has grown by 75 per cent
science
News
Phyllis Dorothy James on stage during a reading of her book 'Death Comes to Pemberley' last year
peopleJohn Walsh pays tribute to PD James, who died today
Sport
Benjamin Stambouli celebrates his goal for Tottenham last night
FOOTBALL
Life and Style
Dishing it out: the head chef in ‘Ratatouille’
food + drinkShould UK restaurants follow suit?
News
peopleExclusive: Maryum and Hana Ali share their stories of the family man behind the boxing gloves
Arts and Entertainment
John Hurt will voice Prince Bolkonsky in Radio 4's War and Peace
radioRadio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game