Clichy backs Wenger to continue at Arsenal

"I wish just to dedicate my energy to football and the next game, and leave my own personal case out of the debate". I love the game, the difficulty of the game. I work for my club with honesty and integrity, and I'm not scared (of any criticism).

"That has nothing to do with you to change", he replied when asked about reinventing himself.

"I am professional and when you are professional, you perform in ideal conditions and non-ideal conditions as well", Wenger concluded.

"The experience will pay a part of course but we have to stick together and continue to fight", he said. I can understand because football is free for everybody to have opinions so you cannot stop that. "Let's show our mental resilience".

How Wenger's dismissive comments will go down is unknown but Arsenal fans are planning another protest ahead of Wednesday's match with West Ham.

Arsenal have never finished outside top-four under Wenger, who sees increased importance in finishing with one of the four Champions League qualification spots this season. They are seven points outside the top four with 10 games remaining.

"I care about Arsenal, about the club, about what we have achieved and what we want to achieve". Suddenly now it's important and people realise it is not as easy as it looked.

"Guardiola said to achieve top four is a trophy".

Whatever happens, after more than 20 years of loyal service to Arsenal, it would be a shame if the final chapter of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal legacy was a game of placard-based tit-for-tat.

There have been reports that Alexis Sanchez could be leaving Arsenal but Wenger said: "He has one and a half years contract".

However, just when you thought the Wenger Out movement had reached its nadir, a couple of chaps in cardboard masks come along to prove you wrong all over again.

The under-fire Frenchman made the startling revelation on Tuesday morning when he was asked who took the armband from Laurent Koscielny when he was forced off at half-time with an Achilles problem. Click any of these buttons below!

  • Julie Sanders