Wenger bravado KO's talk of crisis

Defiant Arsene Wenger last night blasted talk of an Arsenal crisis.

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Fan protests over the team and the manager followed Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Swansea.

And there have been reports of dressing-room bust-ups over the team's indifferent league results.

But Wenger was quick to talk down any claims of unrest at the Emirates. He said: "You should look a little bit at the statistics.

"I only have one pressure and that is to win the next football game and to play the football I love. The rest does not affect me."

The Frenchman delivered his salvo as the Gunners headed out to Athens for tomorrow's final Champions League Group B clash with Olympiacos. The match is effectively a dead rubber with Arsenal's qualification already secure for the last 16.

Wenger added: "We are behind in the championship, we want to make ground back; we are qualified for 13 consecutive years in the Champions League, we are qualified in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and we have our chances in the FA Cup. We have many challenges and that is what we want to focus on."

Wenger is under contract until 2014 and the 63-year-old maintains he is not looking past the here and now with Arsenal.

"Football is a short time. I said that I always respected my contracts and that I never renegotiated any contract in my life," he said.


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