Responding to the press on Friday at the pre-match conference ahead of Arsenal's match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday,which pointed out that the current season looks like it's the one Arsenal would finish outside the top four under the Frenchman, Arsene Wenger responded:
The fact that we have never been in this position is rather a credit to me in 16 years so I do not take that as blame.
I take that as fantastic consistency, and that is the most difficult thing at the top level.
I believe we played 15 years on the trot in the Champions League and we play in 10 days in the last 16 of the Champions League. We want to come back in the Champions League position in the league, we want to prepare properly for the next round of the FA Cup and I wish that in the next 16 years it will be exactly the same for the club and that the fans will be happy.
The response, though sensible, is unlikely to sit well with a section of Arsenal fans, who are still riled up because of the team's midweek draw at Bolton Wanderers—a result that followed a three-match losing streak.
These fans reportedly are preparing to show their displeasure to the way things are run currently at Arsenal by staging a bin-bag protest.
On the fans, Wenger said the following:
I am here to make all of the fans happy and when I do not manage to do it I am, of course, not happy. But what is most important is that we have our fans happy at the end of the season.
Responding to the news of the supposed bin-bag protest, he said:
I feel we have to be above that and show our quality on the football pitch and not respond to every individual provocation.
On the team's current form, he noted:
We lost three games and then the confidence drops a little bit. But overall we have shown a great response against Aston Villa where we came back with a fantastic 3-2 win and I feel that on Wednesday night we deserved to win the game.
Overall I feel this team is strong mentally with a good spirit and attitude. We are ready for a fight and that is the most important thing.
Arsenal will be looking to win against Blackburn to stem the tide of regress that has seen the team slide toward mid table in the last couple of weeks.