Poor Mikel Arteta appears to have taken the loss against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League to heart and wants to harness that disappointment in order to produce a result versus Chelsea on Saturday.

The midfielder captained the side, which lost 2-1 against the Croatian team, in what was his first start of the new season. The match was one of those games we should have had in the bag, we just had to perform, and we simply didn’t.

Speaking about the match, Arteta said, “We could have been two or three-nil up in the first 20 minutes. And after that we conceded a goal with the first chance they had.

“We were very unlucky. Obviously with 10 men the game is difficult and different. We tried our best but we couldn’t get back into the game.

“We haven’t managed to win three games in a row which is very important. We had two in the pocket and wanted a good result in Zagreb.”

Mikel Arteta of Londons runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League
ZAGREB, CROATIA – SEPTEMBER 16: Mikel Arteta of Londons runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal at Maksimir Stadium on September 16, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, the 33-year-old wants to use this unexpected loss as a lesson and bounce back against Chelsea on Saturday.

“We have to react quickly,” Arteta said. “We’re quite good at that. We’ve done it in the past. Saturday will be a very different game.

“[Chelsea] is a big game. We’re upset and we have to react. Sometimes when you have disappointment in the body it’s good because you find a good reaction.”

The Blues are in a run of bad form after only picking up four points in five matches so far this season in the Premier League, and although Arsenal haven’t been playing the best football, we’re in a prime position to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points.

Whether Arteta starts on Saturday or not, hopefully he can rally the troops beforehand and make sure we go out fighting.