Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not walk away from Arsenal despite mounting criticism after the defeat against Liverpool at Emirates stadium over the weekend.
The Gunners departed to a chorus of jeers after Liverpool recorded their first win at Arsenal for 11 years. Wenger, who selected unsettled Manchester City target Samir Nasri, said he did not feel under “more pressure than usual.”
“There is no chance I would walk away,” Wenger said. “There is only one chance and that is that I will try to do my best for this club.
“We are living in circumstances where every defeat is absolutely a disgrace and an earthquake. We are very disappointed to have lost but we are at the start of the season.
“I don’t feel under any more pressure than usual. I feel the result was very harsh on us and the decider was the sending off.”
A late own goal from Aaron Ramsey and an injury-time strike from Luis Suarez gave Kenny Dalglish’s side three points. Arsenal also saw youngster Emmanuel Frimpong sent off and are likely to be without defender Laurent Koscielny for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier second leg against Udinese in Italy after he suffered a back spasm. Wenger, whose next Premiership opponent is Manchester United, spoke about the feeling heading into this week.
“Emmanuel was a victim of his lack of experience. He deserved a second yellow and shouldn’t have gone into that tackle.
“The target is to have a good team and good players. You can spend money and have a bad team. We want the supporters to be happy and when we don’t win games we understand they are not.
“This period will have a big impact, especially Wednesday night’s game, which is massive.”
Wenger said he did not know about claims that Nasri’s proposed move to Manchester City had broken down – adding that he had not yet decided to whether to play the France star against Udinese.
“I have always said I will try to keep Samir. I have never changed my mind. I played him, much to the surprise of everybody, because he loves this club and at the moment I am happy he is here.”