Wenger looking for Arsenal response against Schalke

The Gunners boss was unhappy with his side’s performance in its 1-0 defeat at Norwich City and is hoping for an immediate improvement in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal can respond to its surprise 1-0 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday when the Gunners host Schalke in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

A first-half Grant Holt strike was enough for the Canaries to register their first win of the season, and they were rarely troubled by a strangely subdued Arsenal display. Wenger admits his side may have underestimated Norwich and is looking for a bounce-back showing to put Arsenal in a commanding position in its Champions League group.

"I hope it will have a positive impact," Wenger told reporters. "It was a shock to the system but you have to give credit to Norwich, because they played well, were completely committed and deserved the win.

"Maybe we underrated the difficulty we would face, but the Premier League is the Premier League – if you are not ready for the fight then you will always have bad surprises. There is a big difference between the amount of possession we had and the amount of chances we created. That is down to the fact that Norwich defended well and we did not create a lot."

The Frenchman also refused to blame the recent international break for his side’s poor performance.

“We have to deal with that," said Wenger. "You could say we have better players [than Norwich], but there is only one way to show that, on the football pitch."

Arsenal will go into the clash with Schalke without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England international limped off just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute at Carrow Road. Theo Walcott is also out injured and Jack Wilshere, who was on the Gunners' bench for the first time since returning from knee and ankle problems, is not yet ready to start.

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