Wenger: we must deal with ‘relentless’ pressure

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Arsene Wenger says that his team are under ‘relentless’ pressure from fans, unhappy that results and performances have been a long way from what’s expected, but that it’s their job to deal with that.

The Gunners lie 8 points behind leaders Leicester with just 9 games of the season remaining, and the Arsenal manager says they have start winning again soon.

“I must tell you that the pressure from our supporters is relentless and I’m in a good position to tell you that,” he said following the 2-2 draw with Sp*rs yesterday.

“We have to deal with that. We have to go on a run again. We play on Tuesday night an important game and then we will see if we will play in the FA Cup or the Premier League. We want to win our games.

“I prefer that the fans are happy but I’m more worried that it can get to the players’ confidence level.”

Wenger did take some positives from what was a day of mixed emotions. Having seen Francis Coquelin sent off at 1-0 up, Arsenal went 2-1 down, before coming back to take a point thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s first Premier League goal since October.

If there has been a lack of character in recent times, there were some signs of it at White Hart Lane yesterday.

“We showed good attitude and character and I’m happy and proud of our performance and attitude,” said the Frenchman.

“We refused to lose the game. We have as well big regrets because I could not see how 11 against 11 could have dropped points today. We made a mistake at 1-0 when it was 11 against 11 but even though we had a shock loss and it went to 2-1, we refused to lose the game.

“We always looked dangerous going forward.”

Arsenal face Hull on Tuesday in a game that will determine next weekend’s action. If we win, we play Watford in the FA Cup. If we lose it’s a Premier League encounter with West Brom.

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