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Arsene Wenger is confident
Arsenal will numb the pain of
the Boxing Day shellacking at
Southampton within 48 hours.
The trip to St Mary s seemingly
offered the Frenchman s side a
great chance to go top of the Bar-
clays Premier League, but a poor
display saw them return to north
London reeling from a shock 4-
Shane Long s brace comple-
mented an exceptional Cuco Mar-
tina half-volley and Jose Fonte s
header as Saints ended a six-
match winless run in some style.
There is little time for Arsenal
to wallow, though, as the hectic
festive period means they take
on another south-coast side on
Bournemouth will look to
ratchet up the pressure, but
Wenger is confident of a positive
response at the Emirates Stadi-
"I believe what I say to my
players is between my players and
myself," he said after the 4-0
hammering at St Mary s.
"These players have fantastic
spirit and they can show that in
"We are in a job where we have
to respond. We want to respond
"Unfortunately, there s no pos-
sible career without disappoint-
ment. Nobody, not even the best
players in the world, can have
"It s down to how you respond
and I trust my players to respond
in a very strong way on Monday."
Wenger certainly will not be
taking Bournemouth lightly and
praised the promoted side ahead
of a match which could see the
Gunners belatedly reach the Pre-
mier League summit.
Surprise leaders Leicester do
not face Manchester City until
Tuesday, but Wenger is not con-
cerned about starting 2016 in pole
"I said before the game,
whether we are one point behind
or one point in front it is not too
important," he said.
"It is the quality of our per-
formance that counts and we
were not good enough to win the
game (against Southampton).
"We have just to look at that.
On the other side, we can t dwell
too much because in 48 hours we
"We are disappointed and frus-
trated, but there s only one way
to respond in 48 hours."
Wenger rejected former Eng-
land manager Glenn Hoddle s
belief that the players choked due
to the pressure brought by poten-
tially going top, so too the neces-
sity to dip into the transfer market
The Gunners boss downplayed
speculation linking Arsenal to
Basle s Mohamed Elneny and was
keen to underline the quality
waiting that will be at his disposal
"That s always the question
you get," Wenger said. "We have
many players who are injured and
will come back soon.
"Buy, buy, buy, buy is always
the solution that people see.
"I think it s true that we could-
n t score, but we conceded goals
(against Southampton) and we
have enough defenders."
Saracens maintained their
unbeaten record to return to the
top of the Aviva Premiership table
with a 26-16 victory over Wasps
at the Ricoh Arena.
After last week s impressive
European Cup win over Bath,
Wasps were hugely disappointing
before a crowd of 24,053.
The hosts tried to play Saracens
at their own kicking game but the
tactic failed as their set-piece mal-
functioned and they made a host
of elementary errors.
Despite this, Wasps were still in
contention at 9-9 at the end of the
quarter but two tries in three min-
utes from Duncan Taylor and Owen
Farrell turned the game the visitors
Farrell converted both tries and
kicked four penalties as Saracens
took their winning run over their
rivals to nine games.
Wasps could only manage a late
try from Frank Halai, converted by
Jimmy Gopperth, who kicked two
penalties. Elliot Daly added anoth-
er.A brilliant Aviva Premiership
clash between Harlequins and
Gloucester finished 39-39 at
Twickenham but also produced
another RBS 6 Nations injury doubt
in Jonny May.
Gloucester wing May limped off
in the 42nd minute with a left ham-
string problem incurred while taking
a kick and he spent the rest of the
afternoon on the bench with the
damaged muscle strapped with ice.
From his vantage point on the
sidelines, one of England s most
dangerous players this year watched
as Harlequins drew 39-39 in a
roller-coaster that produced bonus
points for both sides.
The 2012 Premiership champions
had a last-gasp chance to win the
match with a drop-goal, but Danny
Care s pass to Nick Evans was poor
and the former New Zealand fly-
half s kick drifted wide.
It was a near touchline conversion
from Evans that drew Quins level
in the 77th minute after the Kiwi
playmaker had set up a vital try for
Ross Chisholm with a clever miss
Of the ten tries scored before the
70,718 crowd, the best belonged to
Gloucester full-back Rob Cook who
beat four defenders and carried
three more over the line after
returning Mike Brown s clearance.
It was Chris Robshaw s first
appearance at Twickenham since
the World Cup-ending defeat by
Australia on October 3 and he
played his part in a logic-defying
fixture that justifiably finished in
Bath posted only a third Aviva
Premiership win of the season---
and their first for seven weeks---by
edging out Recreation Ground vis-
itors Worcester 21-14.
First-half tries by centre Ollie
Devoto and wing Horacio Agulla
underpinned Bath s success,
although Worcester proved pre-
dictably dogged opponents during
an often dour struggle.
Wales international fly-half Rhys
Priestland kicked three penalties
and a conversion, while Worcester
replied through a Cooper Vuna try,
plus two penalties from former Bath
number ten Tom Heathcote and a
long-range Ryan Mills strike.
will bounce back
Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will bounce back. Unbeaten Sarries go
top, Bath wins
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