By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has urged his squad to stay united as they seek to answer their critics this season.
Arsenal endured a difficult start to the campaign but their results have improved in recent weeks and Wednesday's 1-0 victory at Marseille was their fifth win in six matches.
Wenger is pleased his team is making "little steps" towards turning their season around but he knows they have work to do to turn the proverbial corner.
"Football is difficult if you are not united," said the manager. "When you are not it becomes impossible.
"One strength we do have here is that we are united and we can fight against adversity. When you are at a big club you have to have the mental strength to fight against that. There are periods when people say you are much better than you are and periods when people say you are much worse than you are.
"People forget that we had to go through a very difficult period with transfers. We had to give absolutely everything to qualify against Udinese and every time we paid a heavy price after that in the championship.
"I would like to show you some critics after the Newcastle game when we drew 0-0. We got slaughtered, played with ten men, Newcastle are unbeaten and nobody talks about it. We were playing in a very difficult environment from the start onwards and that is not easy for players who come to this Club."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source