Wenger: We want to give fans what they expect

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Arsene Wenger was in bullish mood following Arsenal's defeat to Aston Villa, and is adamant he knows what his squad must do in order to appease their critics.

Two quickfire strikes from Darren Bent in the opening fifteen minutes of yesterday's Barclays Premier League encounter, laid the foundations for Villa to take a valuable 2-1 victory away from the Emirates Stadium.

A late response from Robin Van Persie did little to please Gunners fans, who booed their side off the pitch, with the latest setback leaving Arsenal’s hopes of a third placed finish hanging by a thread.

"We are in a job where you have to please people and if they are not happy, we have to accept that," said Wenger.

"We want to give the fans what they expect and when you don't do that they are entitled to be unhappy."


For all the early season promise, Arsenal's season self-imploded after the Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham City back in February.

And the five games that followed in March failed to generate a single victory as the Gunners were knocked out of the Champions League, the FA Cup, as well as seeing their title aspirations fall by the wayside.

However, home victories against Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United suggest Arsenal aren't far away from being serious title contenders once again next season, and the continuous rise of youth stars at the club appears to bode well for the future.

Wenger has urged the fans to continue trusting the players, and will be desperate to turn the near misses into success for the loyal fans next season.

"What is important is that this club has values and respects those values," he continued.

"We will try to strengthen our team, of course, but the best way to keep our fans happy is to win the games."

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