By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists that Arsenal is a "happy and united" football club.
The Frenchman recently emerged from an extremely busy summer in the transfer market as nine new signings replaced the 11 players who left Emirates Stadium. And Wenger admits that the comings and goings affected Arsenal's results - they are currently 10th in the Premier League.
Nonetheless the manager insists that his new-look squad is together and has been further boosted by the news that Thomas Vermaelen has signed a contract extension.
"What is important is that in our environment it gives a different message," said Wenger.
"When you listen to people it looks like an exodus with everybody leaving the Club but we are a happy club. We did not have the start of the season that we wanted but the atmosphere inside the Club is very solid, very united and very positive.
"We want to turn the results round and the fact that some players extend their contract at the moment is a positive sign for us.
"We are unified and that is down to our mental strengths. This club has traditionally shown mental strength under pressure and I would just like to say that we have been under pressure since the start of the season but in the big games we always managed to find the resources to respond well.
"The biggest games have been the qualifiers for the Champions League and certainly recently against Sunderland where we had absolutely to win the game. There is another one we want to win tomorrow."
The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 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 18 Oct 2011