Wenger believes Arsenal are victims of fashionable criticism

Arsene Wenger believes the reason his Arsenal side have come in for so much criticism in recent weeks is that it has become fashionable to find fault with the Gunners, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Wenger added that Arsenal are a club in “fantastic shape,” despite a section of supporters staging a pre-match protest before Arsenal played Swansea, making clear their displeasure at the way in which the club is being run.

The match with Swansea, meanwhile, offered little comfort, as two goals from Michu gave the Welsh side victory and left Arsenal in 10th place, 15 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United and in the midst of the worst start to a season by an Arsenal side since 1994.

Arsenal have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 but have made it safely through to the next stage of the Champions League, a feat that was beyond champions Manchester City and one Chelsea are struggling to match.

Wenger said: “At the moment it is fashionable to be against Arsenal, so every single word you say, people turn it against you. But it doesn’t stop me saying what I believe. This club is in fantastic shape.

We have a good team, we have a strong structure at the club that we have built over the years, we are in a strong financial situation and we are mentally strong. I can understand that not everybody is pleased, but that is a fact.

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