Question marks over Arsenal's spirit and ability to handle pressure are unfounded, according to Arsène Wenger.

In the wake of Friday's Champions League draw the Frenchman was asked whether a recent downturn in domestic results are a sign that the wheels were coming off their title wagon. 

Not a chance. Wenger insists that a combination of exceptional circumstances and tough opposition are to blame.

"Everyone can say what they want," he said. "But I remind them that we just knocked Milan out and we were under huge pressure from everybody. People predicted we would go out and we went through in a convincing way.

"I believe the game in Birmingham was a special circumstance. Then we played Aston Villa who are a good team and difficult to beat, and at Wigan the pitch was not what we prefer and they played well.

"I believe the side has made a huge improvement and it will only be acknowledged if we win something and I believe we will.

"It is belief in my players that I have had since the first day of the season and they have proved me right."

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14 Mar 2008