Arsenal are facing a trophyless season after their first FA Cup defeat in three years but Wenger, who labelled the constant criticism of his future a “farce”, said: “What is going on at the moment is very, very difficult to take for the players but judge us at the end of the season.
“We have come to the end of a very, very long run in the FA Cup, so it is very sad, but we want now to focus on the next game.”
That game is at Barcelona on Wednesday when they will have to overturn a 2-0 defecit to stay in the Champions League. And, by the time they resume their Premier League campaign against Everton on Saturday, they could be 11 points behind Leicester.
But when it was put to him that several observers are already writing off the season, Wenger was clearly riled.