Arsene Wenger responds to ‘demanding’ fans and defends Arsenal’s consistency
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2016
Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side have been remarkably consistent during the course of a difficult decade for the club.
The Gunners currently sit third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Leicester and with a real chance of lifting the trophy for the first time since 2004.
Arsenal went almost 10 years without any silverware after they won the FA Cup in 2005, but they have finished in the top four of the Premier League in every season since 1996.
Wenger’s men have won the FA Cup in the past two seasons and they continue their defence against Hull this afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.
Ahead of the game, Wenger has defended his side’s performance in both the league and the cup and he responded to fans who expected the club to challenge for the title while they paid for the move to the Emirates Stadium.
“People are very demanding,” Wenger said. “When you look at our consistency we are the only club that for such a long time has been at the top. It looks always easy as long as it happens but maybe you will see one day that it’s not as easy as it looks.
“To keep that consistency going over the years is very difficult – it demands very hard work. It’s difficult for me to speak about other clubs but for me the consistency is the hardest thing to achieve. Once it is there, everyone considers it normal and takes it for granted.
“I can understand that but people forget that in 2006 we moved into the new stadium. We had half the resources of the other clubs, we had to sell our best players and stay at the top as well. After that everybody forgets, they just ask: ‘Why did you not win?’
“I am just a manager. I think when I have the players and the team I can deliver. We are the only ones who won the championship without losing a game – nobody else has done it. I had other good teams as well. We have been remarkably consistent and when we deliver we deliver.”