Football - Wenger demands reaction from his players

Arsene Wenger has challenged his battle-weary Arsenal squad to look within themselves and provide a response at Reading on Monday night.

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The Gunners head to Madejski Stadium in need of a confidence boost following the shock penalty shoot-out defeat at npower League Two Bradford.

Despite their inconsistencies, Arsenal remain within striking distance of the top four of the Barclays Premier League, as Saturday's results left them three points off the top four, albeit without Tottenham and West Brom having played.

Wenger accepts the atmosphere has been somewhat subdued at Arsenal's Hertfordshire training base this week, but maintains it is now up to the players to show their strength of character.

"There has been disappointment and frustration [this week], but that is normal when you go out in a competition like that," the Gunners boss said.

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

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