Arsène Wenger is certain Arsenal’s fans are still firmly behind the team - but admits his players must justify their faith.

There was an element of frustration in the stands on Wednesday night after the Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger says his side felt that as keenly as anyone, and are determined to repay the supporters with a strong showing against Liverpool on Sunday.

I sense a huge feeling from the crowd to help the team but we have to strengthen that belief with our performance

Arsène Wenger

“I sense a huge feeling from the crowd to help the team but we have to strengthen that belief with our performance,” the manager said.

“The crowd will no doubt be behind us [against Liverpool] but let's put the vibes out that we have a go and they will be behind us. They were hugely behind us on Wednesday night, [but] they were frustrated at the end of the game like we were.

“If they were not behind the team that would be a surprise. We are one point off the lead, we play in the Champions League and we play in the FA Cup. If, on top of that, we have not got a crowd behind us that would be absolutely unbelievable.

“We are professional football players. That means we have to cope with every single thing [from] the crowd. That is the job.

“After that if you can help [get the fans] behind the team that makes us even stronger. But we cannot expect too much. Let's have the attitude to have the crowd behind us. They were behind us at Liverpool, when we were 4-0 down.”

Copyright 2014 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 Rob Kelly 14 Feb 2014