Danny Welbeck has denied that there is a split in the Arsenal dressing room and underlined the importance of his teammates staying united if they are to arrest their recent poor form.
The Gunners have lost five of their last six games, including four on the bounce, and know they must secure a decent result against AC Milan on Thursday’s in their first-leg Europa League campaign if they are to rescue anything from the season.
It looks very unlikely that Arsene Wenger’s men can secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the Premier League’s top four but success in Europe would present a back door entrance to the continent’s most prestigious tournament.
“I didn’t know about that until you just said, there’s no split in the camp,” he told Sky Sports. “I didn’t even know about that.”
He went on: “You’ve got to be united in these situations. Unity is strength and division is weakness in this period.
“We must stay together and fight, stand up and fight, because that’s what we need to do.
“Results have not been good enough, we should be doing a lot better than what we have been doing.
“We know playing for Arsenal Football Club that the fans are hurting, everyone involved around the club is hurting, we can feel their disappointment and that’s something we want to put right.
“It’s been a difficult period but going into the next match we want to make a positive result.”
Welbeck looks set to start Thursday’s trip to the San Siro with Alex Lacazette still sidelined and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup tied.