The Gunners have been out of sorts lately, winning just one of their last four Premier League games.

Last week the Londoners were defeated by League Two outfit Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, and Wenger has called upon his players to bounce back from the disappointment with a positive result against the Royals:

“There has been disappointment and frustration (this week), but that is normal when you go out in a competition like that.” He is quoted by The Metro.

“However, having said that, we can only look at ourselves, get on with it and look for the future.”

Poor results have seen Wenger’s transfer policy called into question, with many fans urging the Frenchman to spend in January.

But, full-back Kieran Gibbs defended his manager, pointing out that his strategy has unearthed a number of stars at the Emirates Stadium:

“He has built a reputation for signing players for a modest fee and turning them into great players.

“I don’t think many people in England had heard of Thomas Vermaelen before he arrived and yet he became an instant fan favourite.

“The manager has an eye for noticing the potential in promising players.”