Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for “perspective” after his side suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Wenger is facing fresh calls to quit after the loss, with former Gunners defender Martin Keown urging club bosses to “throw in the towel” for the Frenchman’s own good.
But he insisted there was no shame in losing to Pep Guardiola’s high-flying side.
“You look at the score and the temptation is to think it was all rubbish, but that is not the case,” he told Sky Sports News.
“You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong, insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.
“They are a top quality team at the moment, they are 15 points above everybody else, not only us. That means that’s not a coincidence, they lost only one game in the whole Premier League campaign.
“Part of being fair sometimes is to say ‘look, that’s a strong side and they are better than everybody else at the moment in the league’.”