Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have yet to get their act together at the Emirates this season but says the way his side bounced back from defeat on the opening day of the season has been positive.
The Gunners have scrapped their way up to sixth in the table after four games, sandwiching a draw with Liverpool between away wins at Crystal Palace and Newcastle after their unexpected loss to West Ham United.
Reflecting on Arsenal’s form so far, Arsene Wenger told beIN SPORT: “At home [we’ve] been very disappointing. Away, very positive. We’ve not found our home form yet. If you have a bad spell during the season – if you start well – everybody finds that it can happen.
“If you start the season on the wrong foot you’re straight away under pressure. We’ve responded very well to the pressure we faced after the West Ham game. Overall we’ve responded well, but we missed out first game.”
So far the Premier League season has been peppered with unusual results, including a number of home defeats inflicted by smaller teams on those fancied to challenge for the title. With money pouring into England’s top flight, the boss says he’s not surprised by the unusual state of affairs.
“It’s not a surprise that the Premier League is stronger as a unit. Why? Because the English clubs are richer. The teams that play in the second part of the league can buy the best players from Spain and buy the best players from Italy. It is not a surprise that inside England it becomes harder to win games.
“After that what is the phenomenon that is absolutely new is that there are few home victories. That shows that the teams that go away from home have no fear anymore. They play with full power and because they have individual quality they can provoke surprising results.”
Wenger also hit back at critics in the media who’ve questioned his side’s mental resilience over the last few seasons. Pointing to back-to-back victories in the FA Cup, the Frenchman stressed that his side have a collective attitude to match their obvious technical ability.
“Opinions for me have to be documented,” he noted. “We won the cup last year. You don’t win the (FA) cup unless you are mentally strong, believe me. That’s why I don’t agree with that.
“You have to respect everybody’s opinion. Pundits are just people who are filmed by a camera and give their opinion and you have to accept that but if a pundit gives an opinion and is not right in six months, nobody will come back and say: ‘well, why did you say that six months ago? You were completely wrong.’
“It’s just an assessment and an opinion you have to respect. The modern world, people are informed. People are informed and have opinions but at the end of the day someone had to make decisions.
“People who make decisions have to be responsible and stand up for their decisions and that’s not exactly the same for the opinion.
“That’s part of our job, to be confronted with different opinions and to accept that sometimes people are wrong and sometimes people are right. That’s part of it. I disagree of course.”