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Arsene Wenger hits back at Alisher Usmanov after negative comments

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Arsene Wenger has hit back at recent comments made by Alisher Usmanov, claiming the major Arsenal shareholder's criticism should be kept in-house, rather than running to a national newspaper to air his frustration. (London 24)

The Gunners boss admitted he was disappointed by the Russian billionaire's behaviour, after he openly questioned some of the French tactician's decision making following a disappointing run of form.

Arsenal have made their worst start to a league season for 32 years, and there's now growing pressure for Wenger to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.

However, speaking ahead of Wednesday's crucial Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, the 65-year-old called for calm, and insisted that he maintained 100 per cent faith in his own ability to turn things around.

"Do you really think you can do 30 years in my job and not take criticism? If I couldn’t take criticism, I would not still be (here) any more," he said.

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"Everybody has the right to have an opinion, having said that, we have values at this club. The first one is when we go through a difficult patch, we show solidarity. That is a very important one.

"The second one is that, when you have something to say to each other, we say it face-to-face. We don't need to go to the newspapers."

Asked more specifically about Usmanov's comments, Wenger added: "I don't take personally at all. It is an opinion that I respect, but when you are from this club, you are from this club. You are in or out, you cannot be both."

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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere could be facing up to four months on the sidelines, after he suffered ligament damage during the 2-1 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

The Gunners midfielder will need surgery to properly fix his ankle, and that means he might not be available for selection in Arsene Wenger's side until March 2015.

Roberto Mancini has revealed that he would have loved to have been handed the chance to manage Arsenal, despite the fact that he spent two years working with Manchester City. (London Evening Standard)

The Italian tactician - who recently took charge at Inter Milan for the second time - admitted that the Gunners have a "special charm" and refused to rule out the possibility of a future move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger is ready to sanction a £36.6 million move for Real Madrid star Isco in January, as he looks to further strengthen his attacking ranks at Arsenal. (The Metro)

The 22-year-old Spain international has been in impressive form at the Santiago Bernabeu this term, so it's unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti will want to lose him, but the Gunners are hoping to make such a lucrative offer that it proves too good to turn down.

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