By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says keeping faith with his current squad is vital to their end-of-season run-in.

Arsenal have endured a testing fortnight in all competitions, giving themselves a mountain to climb against AC Milan in the Champions League before heading out of the FA Cup at Sunderland last weekend.

Wenger’s side currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League and the Frenchman remains confident they can keep that position if they keep their belief.

“When you are in our situation at the moment, it is important you show faith in your players and stick with them,” he said.

“We live in a world where everybody is positive when it goes well, but life is not only ups, it is ups and downs. Successful lives are about how people respond when you are down.

“When you have to face what we have faced this year and are in the position we are in - in the championship - I do not think the players have done too badly.”

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes appear all but over after the 4-0 defeat at the San Siro but Wenger admits it was simply just one of those nights.

“It can happen that you lose a game like in Milan,” he said. “When you go to Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League, do you really think the players do not want to perform? You have played football. You can say that can happen in a smaller game.

“Sometimes it is difficult to understand how people can respond to a situation like that. Everybody wants to be a star, to be the best player in the world and everybody wants to win the Champions League.”

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24 Feb 2012