Arsene Wenger has hit out at the media for what he believes are deliberate tactics to drive a wedge between the club and its fans.
Criticism of the team and the manager has been intense after two defeats from the opening three games, but the Arsenal manager was quick to insist that the season is just beginning, and has again urged supporters to get behind the team.
Asked if a win would help gets the fans off his back, he said, “You work very hard to get our fans on our back!
“I believe our fans are naturally with us, and that they were disappointed is completely normal.
“But situations like that are a good opportunity as well to show that we are strong and united.”
On whether Arsenal can react positively to the defeat, Wenger pointed to the 5-1 defeat Anfield in February 2014, which was followed up by an FA Cup win over the same opposition at the Emirates a little over a week later.
“Performance is swinging, and life is movement,” he said, “and the quality of a performance can change from one week to the other.
“That doesn’t put me in any denial that our performance was good enough, but sport is sport.
“I must say I love my players, and I believe in my players. We are in part of the season where we want our fans behind the team.
“They can come out of this game and come to a quick conclusion, ‘Ok we are not good enough’, or they can say let’s see what’s happening and stand behind the team and that’s what we want.”
Maybe just win the next game, and see what happens after that. In the meantime, we’re off to listen to the manager’s new LP.