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Wenger - Solidarity is our strength

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's solidarity will help the club through difficult spells on the pitch.

Disappointing results against Anderlecht, Swansea City and Manchester United either side of the international break have sparked negative headlines ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

"In the 18 years I have been here I have shown that I can take criticism," said Wenger. "Everybody has the right to have an opinion.

"What is important is how close we are together inside the club and how much we can respond to people who question our quality"

Arsene Wenger

"Having said that, we have values at this club. The first one is when we go through a difficult patch, we show solidarity. That is a very important one. The second one is that, when you have something to say to each other, we say it face to face.

"I don’t take [criticism] personally at all... but when you’re from this club, you’re from this club. You’re in or out, you cannot be both.

"We know the rules of the game, we know how it works. What is important is how close we are together inside the club and how much we can respond to people who question our quality.

"I personally feel that there’s a very strong bond inside the team and the club, and that this team will have a very strong season. I am ready to bet with you on that.

"I believe in what I do and I especially believe in my players, and in their quality and spirit. I question myself every day."

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