Arsenal are showing a united front after bombing out of the FA Cup and Champions League, with Arsene Wenger and Wojciech Szczesney calling on the squad to show their true colours in a tough time for the club.
Szczensey might be out for the next six weeks with a finger injury, but the Arsenal goalkeeper believes the Gunners have the mental strength to bounce back and take the Barclays Premier League trophy at the end of the 2010/11 season.
“I don't care what people say. The only way we can respond is by going out on the pitch and showing people what we are made of,” Szczesney told The People defiantly over the weekend.
"We are confident we are a very good team and we believe we can win the league this season - that is the only way to shut them up really.”
And Wenger is echoing these comments, with the manager pointing to a heavy schedule as reason for Arsenal's poor recent results.
"We played Wednesday against Leyton Orient, Saturday against Sunderland, Tuesday against Barcelona with 10 men and against Man United.
“It's a very, very difficult schedule. It's been very difficult for the players but they have never shown any sign of weakness mentally. Even on Saturday they have put in absolutely every effort and can only be proud of how much they fought.”
Wenger still has no doubt the mental strength of his side will see them through the title race. "Yes we have steel, I don't question that.
"It’s a good test now for us to show we can regroup, show mental strength, togetherness and respond quickly. We have a week without midweek games. That’s the first time for a long, long time."