Arsene Wenger has said that those who criticise Arsenal have “less character” than the club and the players.
After leading the Premier League table in January, Arsenal are now mathematically out of contention for the title, with leaders Leicester 12 points ahead with just three games remaining.
Arsenal now face a battle to finish in the top four and thereby qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners are currently fourth, level on points with Manchester City, but just five points ahead of Manchester United, who have a game in hand in fifth.
Pundits have continued to criticise Arsenal’s mental strength after they have squandered what is perceived to be one of their best opportunities to win a first top-flight title in 12 years, but Wenger has questioned those pundits.
“Some people question this team’s character but they have character and attitude and some people who question them have less character than this team has,” the Frenchman said.
“They should not question this team. 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. 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.”