Faith in Wenger was never lost

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has stated that the club’s players did not lose faith in Arsene Wenger after the side’s poor start to the season, and has heralded the team’s return to form in the second half of the campaign.

After the summer sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, with a host of new players coming to the Emirates Stadium it took a while for the team to get started, with many in media stating that Wenger’s time at the club could be up.

Despite this, Arteta states that the players never lost faith in the French coach.

“He has been here for 15 years and he has respect from all the players, staff and everybody at the club,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think it is not easy for him to leave.

“When you are not winning at a club like Arsenal, obviously you are going to get criticism.

“But the way is, how you respond. I think Arsenal have been unlucky in the last few years, getting to finals and not winning due to small details.

“Afterwards, it is easy to blame. What happens if Manchester United do not win the title? It is going to be a disaster for Manchester United,” he concluded.

Arsenal host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight