Arsene Wenger knows that the wider football world sees Arsenal football club as a team that is battling back from a couple of early-season defeats and the loss of major players.
But the Gunners boss insisted that from the inside, his squad of players views the situation very differently, and with sights set firmly on achieving success this season, he understands that only one commodity really counts in English football.
"We must win," said Wenger. "We live in an environment that questions us when we don't win. We do not criticise that and have to live with that.
"But we have to show performances, consistency, attitude and quality. That makes us respected. It's as simple as that. That's why it is as important that we don't talk too much and play as well as we can."
The French taskmaster is realistic enough to appreciate that the early season skeptics will say that the proof is in the pudding. And after a Barclays Premier League victory over Swansea last weekend, and a positive point earned away at Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League opener - the Gunners tide is turning.
"We feel we have turned the corner but we will be judged by the consistency of our results," Wenger continued. "Inside the club, we feel we are on the right track.
"The spirit in the team is good, strong and together. We want to change the skepticism around us but that will only happen if we are consistent with our results.
"We have a desire, the strength and the quality - it's now just down to us to put the effort in every single game. I am confident we can do that."