Arsene Wenger has described the reaction to Arsenal defeats as “becoming a farce”.
Speaking after the Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 home defeat to Watford in the quarter-finals, the Arsenal manager maintained calm heads are needed in the aftermath of this latest setback.
Wenger has previously guided the club to success in the competition on a record six occasions, including the last two finals, but faces missing out on silverware this season.
Arsenal’s next match is the away leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Barcelona, having lost 2-0 at home to the same, formidable opposition, while they currently trail Premier League leaders Leicester by eight points.
Wenger’s team have lost four of their last six matches in all competitions to leave them staring at failure on all fronts, but the Frenchman dismissed his critics.
“You’re always in the middle of a drama,” he explained of the reaction to Arsenal’s defeats. “It’s becoming a farce.
“We have lost a game, we are sad, and we want to focus on the next game.
“You know Arsenal have lost games in their history and we lose again in the future, and we have to stick together and cope with it and prepare for the next one with a complete belief.”