Arsène Wenger has outlined the importance of the Arsenal fans ahead of Wednesday’s home match against Swansea City.

Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United left the Gunners five points off the top of the Premier League, with 11 matches still to play.

March looks set to be a crucial month in the title race, with Wenger’s side also hosting West Bromwich Albion and facing tough trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. The manager believes the fans’ support can help to make the difference.

“I think competition means you can never give up,” he said. “That goes for support as well.

Football is a pleasure. We should not forget that.

Arsène Wenger

“Overall, we need our supporters to be behind the team tomorrow night because it’s a very big game and it’s important that we have our fans behind the team.

“What makes me angry is to lose the game. That makes me angry and frustrated. The reaction, I know now what to expect.

“My job is to give importance to what is important and I think, in general, intelligence is to give importance to what is important. I know that, by experience, that your opinions change.

“Football is a pleasure. We should not forget that.

“Football is fantastic as well because it’s unpredictable and not mathematical. We have to accept that it’s like that and that it is fantastic like that.”

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Nik Brumsack 1 Mar 2016