Arsene Wenger has described the current Arsenal squad as ‘amazing’, and believes that disgruntled fans need to start giving them more recognition for achieving so much at such a young age.
"It doesn't hurt me personally, but it bothers me that the players do not get the recognition for what they have put in since the start of the season," the Arsenal manager said.
"It is important we realise this team is absolutely amazing for what they do at their age. One day people will understand that, but at the moment, I am not sure many people do.
Arsenal have spent the least by far of the top six clubs on new signings, and while they sit 10 points adrift of Manchester United, they have two games in hand and have the chance to defeat the Red Devils to get within one point of the title in May.
"How old is [Jack] Wilshere? Nineteen. It looks like in England you cannot play without him. How old is [Cesc] Fabregas? How old is [Samir] Nasri?” Wenger said.
“Now it is a crucial moment where we have to trust these players and not listen to some opinions of people who have not worked half a day in football.”
Until the Blackpool game, Arsenal hadn’t won in their last five Barclays Premier League matches. But despite a drop in form, they are still second favourites for the title, and Wenger puts this down to a mental capacity beyond the younger players’ years.
"Do you know how much work, dedication and mental strength is behind a team like that?
“They have not been built just like that, it is a real process of club work, coaching work - that is not just to go out and buy a player for X amount of money. What is hard in football is to build a team and work with the players every day."
Wenger believes that in time people will understand why the wait for a title is worth it to build a team rather than just buying in players.
"People's opinion is people's opinion and we have to accept that in our game," he said.
"As long as you are second in the league, I am ready to sign for the next 20 years and stand up for that."