By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is fighting back against the "superficial judgment" that has been passed down on his team this week.
Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Blackburn last weekend left them seven points adrift of Manchester United in the title race - albeit with a game in hand - and deepened the gloom that set in among fans after cup defeats to Birmingham, Barcelona and United.
But the media coverage of Arsenal's so-called 'disastrous' predicament bothers Wenger and he put his point across strongly when he faced reporters at Friday's pre-match press conference.
"I'm against superficial judgment, that's what I fight against," said the manager.
"For example people ask 'why don't you buy central defenders?'. We have a better defence than Man United if you look at the numbers, but nobody mentions that. And should we kick Vermaelen, Djourou and Szczesny out? What for?
"We've done well for our age as we're second in the league. Is that a disaster for you? There are teams who invest ten times more than us, one player cost more than the whole team and they're behind us. I don't understand the way people think.
"Do you judge this season or the last four seasons? Some of the clubs behind us have done nothing for 20 years, yet suddenly they get a lot of praise. I don't understand.
"We have eight games to go and are in a position to fight for the championship so let's give the maximum. If we're disappointed at the end then OK. Why do you say it's a disaster when we're second in the league? Do the 18 clubs behind us have a fantastic disaster?
"Trophies are one way to judge a club. They're not overrated as it allows you to say you've won a trophy, but would you swap winning the FA Cup for playing in the Champions League? Is it a trophy or not to be in the Champions League? Is it more important to win the FA Cup?
"We do as well as we can, and if it's not good enough it's not good enough. But what I deny is that everything is suddenly negative. We've built this club. Look at the players in this team I'll speak to you in ten years."Copyright 2016 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