Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation that he was thinking of quitting after a miserable week for his side.
“No, I love it here,” Wenger told a news conference before Arsenal’s Premier League game against defending champions Manchester United on Saturday.
“In my decisions always what is first is the interest of the club, not what the media will think. I cannot influence what people say but I can influence the future of the club.
“I am proud of the decisions that I have made.”
Last week Arsenal twice squandered a two-goal lead against north London rivals Tottenham, who snatched a goal in extra time to earn a 4-4 draw. On Saturday, Arsenal were unable to cope with a lowly Stoke City, losing 2-1, while against Fenerbahce on Wednesday they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw.
On Friday, Wenger launched a defence of his young team and they way they play the game.
“I personally believe in my team, I’m very proud of what they do,” he said. “Our results are not as good as we want them to be.
“Every single team has more experience than we have,” Wenger said. “I don’t believe strength is linked with experience. It is linked with desire, with talent, with intelligence. You can be intelligent at 18 or 20 and be stupid at 30.
“Every club and every player gives us a different problem and we have to be strong enough to find a solution.”