Wenger plays down Gunners’ slump

Arsene Wenger says he understands fan frustration but insists he is ‘immune to excessive reactions’ as he attempts to arrest a two-game slump that has seen Arsenal drop nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.

After starting the season with a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, the Gunners embarked on an impressive run of form that saw them go unbeaten for 14 matches in the Premier League.

However, the Gunners have seen that run end in disappointing fashion, following defeats to Everton and Manchester City, leaving them sitting in fourth place ahead of the Boxing Day clash with West Brom.

Wenger has received his fair share of criticism over the years, but believes it is how you respond as a group that ultimately determines if you will be successful or not.

Ahead of facing West Brom at the Emirates, he said: "I'm not immune to critics. But immune to excessive reactions, yes.

"I've been long enough in the job to put that into perspective as people who love the club, who are really disappointed on Monday morning and get their frustration out. We have to live with that.

"It doesn't mean they are not ready to change their mind if we win the next game."

He added: "I believe what is important is the strength you find inside and you respond inside the club to be united inside the dressing room.

"You do not go in the season and have no disappointment. We have just lost two games.

"It's the teams who respond well together who have the most successful season. It's part of it.

"In 20 years I had very few seasons where you start on the motorway and you finish on the motorway with no car in front of you."