Arsene Wenger admits "nightmare" week

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (C) puts his hand on his head as he watches from the dug out during the English Premier League football match against Chelsea on March 22, 2014
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that it has been a "nightmare" week for his side but hopes that the experience will benefit them in the long run.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side have suffered a "nightmare" week this week, but hopes that some good will come of it.

The Gunners were swept aside in a 6-0 defeat to Chelsea last Saturday before seeing their ailing title hopes take another blow when Swansea City rescued a late 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Yesterday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City provided some response from Arsenal, and Wenger believes that the experience will benefit his players in the long run.

"It has been very bad, but as well very positive because it is always an opportunity to show you have some mental strength, and so I am very proud of my players because they have shown that," Wenger is quoted as saying by PA.

"We have gone through an absolute nightmare, a storm this week. It is difficult to protect the players from that, the only way you can deal with it is to respond on the pitch.

"The critics come very quick and very hard, the only way we can deal with it is to respond in the next game and that is what we did."

Arsenal are now seven points off league leaders Liverpool, while they will also be looking over their shoulders at Everton, who are four points behind the Gunners with a game in hand.

Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on March 30, 2014
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