Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has demanded that his side put the disappointment of Saturday’s shock FA Cup defeat to Blackburn behind them and focus on earning a place in the top four.
The Gunners haven’t won a major trophy for almost eight years but after making it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, they were expected to be one of the main contenders to reach Wembley.
However, like so many other times over the last few seasons, things didn’t go to plan for the North Londoners as they were knocked out by the Championship side on Saturday.
With them already being out of the title race and looking unlikely to win the Champions League, the FA Cup was seen as a huge opportunity but after deciding to rest a host of his stars, Wenger’s men struggled to build any momentum and went down to Colin Kazim-Richards’ second half effort.
The defeat has seen more pressure heaped on the veteran Frenchman, with some fans now believing that his time at the club is up and that it would be better if he left.
Indeed punters who bet on premier league games feel their near rivals Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to finish in the top four.
However, the 63-year-old is refusing to bow to the pressure and has now called on his players to prove that they are good enough to play for such an illustrious club as Arsenal.
"It is very painful and disappointing to lose a game like that. It is now important to focus on the next game," the Gunners boss said to premier league betting news reporters. "We were not good enough to win today. It's as simple as that.
"Not one defeat is acceptable. You are in this job to win every single game.
"The season is not over. For you maybe, not for me. If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong,” he added.