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."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