Wenger says 'fashionable' to criticise 'fantastic' Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that struggling Arsenal are in fantastic shape and it has become a fashion to criticise the north London club.
The Gunners manager's outburst comes amid the club's worst ever start to a Premier League which has left them languishing in mid-table and 15 points off the pace being set by Manchester United.
The situation has Wenger under unprecedented pressure, and he appears to be adopting a siege mentality as he tries to keep the club's season from imploding.
The often-repeated fact is that Arsenal have not won a trophy in seven years, yet Wenger insists his critics do not live in the real world.
"It's unbelievable. At the moment it is fashionable to be against Arsenal, so every single word you say, people turn it against you. But it doesn't stop me saying what I believe," the Daily Mirror quoted Wenger, as saying.
"This club is in fantastic shape. We have a good team, we have a strong structure at the club that we have built over the years, we are in a strong financial situation and we are mentally strong," he added.
"I can understand that not everybody is pleased, but that is a fact. That's why we have to continue to behave like we do. I can take the long view of it if it goes well, or less well - I don't believe I'm the king of the world when it goes well, or the worst when it doesn't go well," he said.