Cape Town - Arsène Wenger says his side must take the opportunity to “restart” their momentum against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners’ 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League was ended when Bafetimbi Gomis scored a late winner for Swansea City on Monday night.
While Wenger was disappointed with the result, he insists his team’s recent form should give them confidence that they can bounce back at Old Trafford.
“We played against a team with a 4-6 formation, didn’t play and you’re always frustrated when they manage to get away with a win,” he told Arsenal Player.
“On the other hand, we showed a lot of quality but were not very good in our finishing and guilty of giving away a mistake. At the moment we cannot afford that. When you are a defender you cannot give a goal away the way we did with five minutes to go. It’s impossible.
“It is [disappointing] but we should get encouragement. If we have done it for 10 games, we can do it again. We haven’t lost our quality here, so let’s restart on Sunday.
“Of course it makes that game important because the way you respond to a defeat always gives you a big [indication that] the team is strong mentally and that is what is expected of us on Sunday.”