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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side are lacking something in defence, but he has refused to hit the panic button.
The Frenchman has reflected in a typical philosophical style by admitting The Gunners' great form at the beginning of the campaign only served to mask problems which were already there.
However, Wenger also ruled out any knee-jerk reaction to Arsenal's 4-2 defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal must recover their defensive poise quickly or risk being eliminated from the Champions League as well as the title race.
Wenger criticised his players' "careless" attitude in allowing the Barclays Premiership trophy to slip from their grasp with 13 league matches still remaining.
However, while he acknowledged that catching leaders Chelsea is now beyond his side, he stressed that they cannot afford to let their season disappear without trace.