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WATCH - Wenger refuses to panic after West Ham shocker

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Wenger wanted a fast start to the season, but he didn't get one
Wenger wanted a fast start to the season, but he didn't get one

The new Premier League season may only have just begun, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is already under fire from Gunners supporters after his side's 2-0 defeat against West Ham.

Arsenal offered real signs that they could challenge for the Premier League title as they showed fine levels of consistency in the final two thirds of last season, but new signing Petr Cech was less than convincing as he made his debut for the Gunners.

Despite Cech's uncertain display, Wenger refused to blame his new signing for the shock setback that handed Slaven Bilic a dream debut as Hammers boss.

"I haven't spoken to Cech," Wenger said. "I can't see many convincing individual performances today. It's difficult to see beyond that.

"It's not only him. We have experience along the back-line. It was a collective lapse. There are many things to say about that. I know we were in trouble even before the free-kick was taken."

The result and performance again suggested Arsenal need to strengthen before they can hope to win the league for the first time since 2004, but Wenger, who has repeatedly been linked with a transfer for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, reiterated he is unlikely to make further signings.

"I can only repeat: if an exceptional solution turns up we do it. But after a defeat like that it's important not to think we must take a solution from outside," said the Frenchman, despite a disappointing display from first-choice striker Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott having already been dropped.

"I would like to think we are responsible to buy the people and the coaches, and not the media. We have to look at ourselves and think we were not good enough."

Here is what West Ham boss Bilic told Sky Sports after his side's remarkable triumph: