Arsenal dropped to ground zero, after facing a defeat in the FA Cup in the hands of Sunderland by two goals, bringing their cup journey to an abrupt end; yet manager Arsene Wenger has called for togetherness and spirit to move on.

He said, “We have to take the criticism on board, stay together and face the critics. The only response in our job is to stay united and fight and focus on the next game.

“It’s very difficult tonight to say where it leaves us and what we will do, let’s focus to finish well in the championship and fight as well, even if it’s a small possibility, in the Champions League.”

Wenger continued, “I think it was a committed performance and we gave absolutely everything that was left in our legs,”

“We had three away games in one week and I believe it was a very unfortunate schedule to play away in the Champions League and immediately away again. They were very difficult pitches as well but we fought hard today.”

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