Guy Demel says West Ham United have to put the defeat at Manchester United out of their minds now in order to bring festive cheer to fans in the London derby against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

The defender was speaking after the 3-1 loss at Old Trafford and said while it was disappointing to lose following the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur in mid-week, it was a case of now looking to the next match.

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"It is always disappointing to lose any game of football, maybe people didn't expect us to get anything there [Old Trafford] but we went there to try and see what we could do, so we are very disappointed at the result and that we didn't play as well as we would have wanted to.

"But we have to pick ourselves up again and learn from what we did do right and what we didn't do right and focus on putting it towards a good performance and hopefully a point or more against Arsenal on Boxing Day."

Demel spent a year at the Gunners between 2000 and 2001, although he didn't make a first-team appearance for Arsene Wenger's team during that time, before his transfer to Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the Bundesliga. He then moved on to Hamburg before arriving at West Ham in August 2011.

He says that it will be tough but the Hammers have to make the fact they are at home a key element in trying to get a result.

"We all know Arsenal is a great side and a force this season, but we are at home, it is a London derby and you know, if we can get our performance right, take our chances that we create and keep it tight at the back, and then we always give ourselves a chance.

"Our last two games at home have been a win and a draw, with two clean sheets also in those matches, so we want to keep that going and hopefully send our fans home happy on a Boxing Day match, these games are special. We know that if they see us trying to do what we can to get the result, they will be behind us, so we have to go into the match to do our best."

He added: "It is not easy, we are having tough times this season but we must just stay strong to change our position in the league as we need points and have to keep working hard to do this."