Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his current squad are dedicated to helping Arsenal move forward.

The Gunners have endured an underwhelming start to the Premier League campaign notching 34 points, leaving them in sixth position, ahead of Liverpool and West Brom on goal difference.

They are yet to win in 2013, and suffered their second successive defeat over the weekend at the hands of local rivals Chelsea.

This has led to criticism of Wenger’s squad, with some suggesting that the current crop lack the desire of club icons such as Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.

But the Frenchman has defended his players, insisting that such comments are unfair:

“People have the right to criticise when the games don’t go as well as you want but I can show you games of the players you spoke about.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“I can tell you some bad starts (from them) as well. I can show you some goals where you can see where they were not completely untouchable. That happened to them as well.”

However, he did concede that Arsenal’s current form is a worry, and cited his players’ inability to beat the teams around them as an issue:

“What is worrying is just that we do not win the big games.

“The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall,

“We have to respond. I’m confident that we will but the team was very down after the Chelsea game.

Arsenal’s next league game is against Liverpool, who will leapfrog them in the standings with a win.

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