Midfielder Mathieu Flamini insists Arsenal are not about to let their season fall apart despite having to pick themselves up from another major setback.
The Gunners looked to have gone some way to recovering from the 6-0 trashing at Chelsea when they came from behind with two goals in as many second-half minutes to lead Swansea 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
However, a calamitous own goal from Flamini in the last minute of normal time - when the ball was partially blocked by defender Per Mertesacker, only for it to ricochet off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and back onto Flamini before rolling into the net - saw the relegation-battling Welsh side leave with a share of the points.
Arsene Wenger's beleaguered squad must now lift themselves for the visit of a rampant Manchester City in Saturday's late afternoon kick-off, where defeat would all but end any remaining Barclays Premier League title ambitions and also allow Everton to crank up the pressure in the fight for a top-four finish.
"The team spirit is still here and we gave a good example because coming back to 2-1, we were holding the result until near the end, so it was a good reaction for the team," said Flamini, who had been recalled to the starting XI by Wenger.
"Obviously, it will be very difficult to win the league now because we dropped three points at Chelsea and another two here.
"It will be very difficult, but what is important is to focus on the next game because we have to get a good result and then we will see."
Flamini added: "We want to do well, especially after the big loss against Chelsea.
"We want to prove that we are one of the big teams in the Premier League."
Wenger has seen his midfield options hit by injuries to key men such as Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, while defender Laurent Koscielny is also set for a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen, however, maintains such issues just have to be dealt with.
"I don't think that is an excuse," said the Belgian defender, who replaced Koscielny at centre-half against Swansea and was outmuscled by Wilfried Bony as he headed Swansea in front on 11 minutes.
"We have a big squad with good players, so that shouldn't be the reason.
"I don't know if there was any lack of confidence in the team.
"We were pushing the whole game but it was difficult to score."
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
1/10 Jurgen Klopp
Having led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during his time in charge of the German side, Klopp is considered one of the most exciting managers in football. His successes have been achieved despite his club being in the financial shadow of Bayern Munich and achieved with a style of football pleasing to the eye. The 46-year-old has been at Dortmund since 2008 and could conceivably be tempted to leave.
2/10 Roberto Mancini
His time at Manchester City ended with an acrimonious departure and FA Cup final defeat. However, that shouldn't overshadow the fact he delivered a Premier League title and FA Cup during his spell at the Etihad. The Italian is now at Galatasaray where he steered the club through a Champions League group containing Juventus and Real Madrid before exiting to Chelsea.
3/10 Roberto Martinez
Perhaps the most ideal fit to replace Wenger would be the current Everton manager. With a limited budget Martinez managed to keep Wigan in the Premier League year after year and also brought them an FA Cup triumph. Despite handling players of limited ability, the Spaniard managed to get the Latics playing pretty football. With a better squad at his disposal at Everton, Martinez has seamlessly taken over from David Moyes and has Everton competing at the right end of the table.
4/10 Dragan Stojkovic
Wenger has named Stojkovic as an ideal replacement having worked with him in Japan at Nagoya Grampus. The Serbian continues to work at the Japanese club and has a philosophy identical to that of Wenger. Would be something of a leftfield choice - much like Wenger was when he arrived.
5/10 Louis Van Gaal
The current manager of the Netherlands will leave the national side after this summer's World Cup. The former boss of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League and has been most readily linked with Tottenham. With seven league titles to his name and a Champions League medal from his time with Ajax, there's no doubting the 62-year-old's credentials.
6/10 Mauricio Pochettino
After replacing Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton, few knew much about the Argentinean. But in the year-and-a-bit since, he's managed to turn the south coast club from relegation contenders to an expansive side with ambition. Blessed with an array of young talents at St Mary's, Pochettino appears to have utilised them to their potential with five Saints in the last England squad.
7/10 Michael Laudrup
While he might have been unceremoniously dumped by Swansea by text message, the Dane showed he has the potential to not just be remembered for being a great player. In his time in south Wales he delivered the first major trophy in the club's history through the League Cup and had the side playing an exciting brand of football.
8/10 Dennis Bergkamp
With a statue already outside the stadium, Bergkamp would risk tainting his legendary status if he were to return as manager. Despite insisting he wouldn't go into management after his retirement in 2006, the Dutchman has been slowly moving up the coaching ranks at Ajax and is currently the assistant to Frank De Boer. Would be a risk - but would certainly be popular with fans.
9/10 Fabio Capello
An impeccable record at club level was somewhat tainted on these shores by a difficult time in charge of England. Putting failures with the Three Lions aside, the Italian won seven league titles covering three different teams, plus the Champions League during his spell at AC Milan. The authoritarian is currently managing Russia who he guided to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
10/10 Rafael Benitez
For whatever reason, the Spaniard has never been particularly popular among fans - aside from supporters of Liverpool. Delivering the Champions League against all-odds while at Anfield was the highlight of a hugely successful managerial career in which he also won two La Liga titles with Valencia and the Europa League with Chelsea. Now at Napoli, Benitez has the Italian team on course for Champions League qualification.
One positive at least was a late substitute appearance by Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom, who finally made his debut following a back injury after signing on deadline day in January.
"For me, it felt really good coming on. I had a lot of time with the ball, I had some clean passes. I was involved and I am just pleased to be out there playing," he said to Swedish newspaper Expressen.
"It is a very high level and I'm really looking forward to contributing to Arsenal.
"It is high speed and tough play, which I like."
Wenger had called for a response to the "accident" of Arsenal's capitulation at Stamford Bridge which ruined his 1,000th match in charge.
The manner of the way Swansea were let back into a match which Arsenal should have closed out for what would have been a morale-boosting victory has again seen the character of his side questioned.
Wenger, though, will continue to focus on the job in hand rather than concern himself with any negative headlines or broken cannon motifs.
"We live at the moment in a permanent assessment from everybody and the definite judgement. We always have to let people judge, assess, criticise. We find plenty of people who can do that I don't worry about that too much," said Wenger, whose side are in the FA Cup semi-finals, but as yet has not signed a new contract offer.
"I just do my job and focus on the next game and let people assess and judge. They know much better than I do so I leave them the job."
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