Wenger: "Let’s come back to winning habits straight away."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is convinced his side will bounce back to winning ways after their goalless draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners couldn't find the back of the net when Aitor Karanka's Boro visited the Emirates despite the north London club's 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League during midweek.

However, speaking ahead of their clash with Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, Wenger is hoping his players respond as he told Arsenal Player: "That’s our target. We have a game on Tuesday night so let’s come back to winning habits straight away. It’s [about] how you deal with disappointment and how you bounce back and I believe that the group is strong enough.

"We lost the first game here against Liverpool and after that we bounced back in a very strong way so that’s what we want to do again."

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The Frenchman, who celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday, reckons his Gunners weren't sharp enough against Boro - who halted their winning run on the day.

"We had 75 per cent possession but we couldn't finish enough our combination play," he said. "We lacked a bit of speed and freshness in what we started, and at the end of the day it was a frustrating nil-nil.

"At least we were intelligent enough not to lose it though, because in the first half we were under threat a few times. At the end of the day we got the point, it is not enough, of course, but it is still a point."

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