Arsene Wenger has hit out at those who have questioned his side’s character this season after launching a fierce defence of his record in charge of Arsenal.
The Gunners have seen their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title fade away after a blip in form around late February and early March.
But Wenger used his press conference on Friday to defend his record with the Gunners – insisting no-one will be a bigger supporter of the club once he calls it quits.
“Some people question this teams character but they have character and attitude and some people who question them have less character than this team has,” he said.
“They should not question this team.
“We have to stick together.
“We lost the championship at home against lower teams but we played at home in a very difficult climate. We are top of the league in the top teams, we want to add what is needed.
“This club does have special values though and one I’ve experienced over the years is to stick together and support the team. There’s no success without that.”
“Our attitude has been impeccable from day one this season.
“We want to fight together until the end.
“We work together closely and have a good professional attitude. We have to focus on the next game.”
With Arsenal’s title hopes just about mathematically gone, he then spoke about the expectation at the club.
“I think this club has special values and we care about the club. The expectation is very high.
“It is very frustrating. We were in a position where we could compete for the title.”
Speaking about his overal record in charge and their failures this season, Wenger continued: “It is very frustrating as we were in the position for long, long time to compete for the title. We won the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield and wanted to go one step up and win the league and that is why we are frustrated.
“I can understand the frustration because nobody is more frustrated than we are. Our disappointment has not to go too far.”
Wenger refuses to dwell on when he might end his time in charge, but with his Arsenal deal due to expire in the summer of 2017, many expect next season to be his last at the club.
Speaking about his wishes for the club after he steps down, Wenger added: “I wish when I go the club goes higher up and wins the Champions League and championship every year.
“I will be the biggest supporter in the stand because I will feel i have contributed to that.
“You have to remember when we built the stadium we had five to seven difficult financial years. We had to be three years in the Champions League and have a 54,000 average attendance. We had to sell our best players and survive. And we didn’t do three years out of five we did five years out of five. During that time it was very competitive.”