By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has explained his comments about Arsenal supporters at the Club’s AGM on Thursday.

The Frenchman started his address to shareholders by saying: "You are all very quiet. A little bit like the game on Saturday.

Adding later: “I do not feel that, either from the media or our supporters, this team gets the support it deserves.”

It was perceived to be a slight on the fans but, at Friday’s press conference, Wenger clarified what he meant.

“It was nothing special,” he said. “I still feel there is a little hangover from last year when we didn't win the title.

“We want to come back stronger this year and get everyone behind the team. But I believe we have to get the fans going.

“From last year we get the feeling we can do it and the only way is to get everybody behind the team. There was nothing more in my speech than that.

“I have the impression that the stadium is too quiet, yes. When you go through a period like we had after the Hull defeat, you need to be together.

“I do not want [the fans] not to expect success. I wanted to be in fact positive and say ‘listen, there are plenty of reasons to be an optimist’. That's why we want your complete support at the Emirates and be behind the team because we can achieve success this year, not next year.

“We do not want to take the fact we are young as an excuse.”

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24 Oct 2008