Sunday’s crushing Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City has left Arsenal wounded, according to Jack Wilshere.
The England international was part of the Gunners’ team that let themselves down at Wembley, suffering a 3-0 defeat and failing to put City under any scrutiny.
The two teams don’t have to wait very long to face each other again, with the pair going head-to-head in the Premier League on Thursday night – as the leaders look to extend their lead at the top back to 16 points.
Wilshere has demanded a response from his team-mates and admits it’s crucial that Arsene Wenger’s men bounce back as quickly as possible.
Speaking on Instagram, the midfielder said: “Hard to put into words my emotions about Sunday. City are a good team and deserved to win.
“A lot of people have had their say on us and we have to accept criticism when we lose. That being said I can’t accept some of the decisions that went against us yesterday.”
Wilshere has been critical of some of the decisions that went against the Gunners, claiming the first goal was a foul by Sergio Aguero on Shkodran Mustafi and that Fernandinho should have been sent off.
The Yes this happens in football but its still hard to accept. And people will say we are looking for excuses but these are facts.
“Anyway we need to respond, starting on Thursday. Thanks to all the Gooners for your support and trust me we feel the same but we need to stick together.”
After Thursday’s home clash, Arsenal face two tricky away games. It’s a trip to the Amex Stadium on Sunday to face Brighton – who are unbeaten in six in all competitions have won their last three home games.
Then it’s a return to European action, with the Gunners heading to Italy to face AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie.