Wenger calls for unity

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Arsene Wenger maintains there are plenty of reasons for Arsenal fans to be positive - and has reminded them of just how far the club has come.

The Gunners boss used Thursday's address to shareholders at the club's Annual General Meeting to stress his belief in a young squad which he feels are not "getting the support they deserve" from their own supporters or the media.

"We have been very consistent. Through the years we have always been at the top level and we always want to win trophies - but the most difficult thing to achieve is consistency," said Wenger, who won the double in 1999 and 2002, as well as claiming the club's last league title with an unbeaten campaign.

"For example, there are only four teams around Europe who have been in the Champions League for 10 consecutive years and we are one of them.

"I agree we have not won the title for four years, but if you look at the history of this club, for 25 years we did not win the championship - and there are also massive clubs who have not won the league for 30 years."

Arsenal again showed their undoubted potential with a superb result in Europe this week, thrashing Fenerbahce 5-2 in Turkey to take a significant step towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Wenger's men resume their domestic campaign at West Ham on Sunday, when they will be looking to keep pace with leaders Chelsea, having slipped four points behind after already losing two Barclays Premier League games - at Fulham and at home against Hull.

Wenger added: "I believe this team needs a strong guide to go through difficult periods, because at the moment I do not feel that, either from the media or our supporters, this team gets the support that it deserves.

"I want to be that guide and I want to get this team to deliver not next year, but this year."

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