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Pretend thumping never happened - Rosicky

ESPN staff
September 1, 2011

Tomas Rosicky is relieved Arsenal's 8-2 mauling at Manchester United happened so early in the season, as it gives the Gunners plenty of time to turn the ship around.

Arsenal have one point from their first three Premier League games following Sunday's loss at Old Trafford, but there is a renewed sense of optimism around the club thanks to a frantic final two days of the transfer window, when five players arrived at the Emirates.

South Korea captain Park Chu-Young joined on Tuesday then, 24 hours later, boss Arsene Wenger welcomed Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta to the club - and Rosicky suggests it's a positive that none of those players were involved in the Old Trafford thumping.

"We are at the very beginning of the season and there is still plenty of time to turn things around completely," Rosicky told isport.blesk.cz. "Up until now we always had good starts and finished badly. Maybe it will turn around and we will have a successful season. We must shake it off and respond in the next game.

"I thought I had experienced everything in football but I was wrong. It was the worst hammering I have experienced in football. There is probably no sense in commenting on the game after such a hammering. The best you can do is to forget and start from the scratch.

"We will definitely discuss it when everyone returns from international duty and there is no point about speaking about it now."

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