Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed talk of a crisis at the club following Tuesday’s home draw with Panathinaikos in the Champions League.
The 1-1 draw at Highbury was the latest disappointing result for Wenger’s team, following defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League and last Saturday’s draw against Premiership strugglers Southampton.
Nonetheless, Wenger maintains that their recent dip in form is merely a blip borne out of fatigue.
“We are having a little dip physically and we need to recover,” the Frenchman said.
“You go through periods of a season like that (but) we are mentally strong and we have gone through much more difficulty than that.
“We have not to be too dramatic, you know, we’ve only lost one game all season and we know we can play better going forward and we will again.”
“If we panic then the whole of Europe should be panicking.”
“We don’t consider the catastrophic issue of not qualifying.”
“You cannot say that you are happy when you don’t win. I feel that everything went against us,” said Wenger.
Arsenal went ahead in the first half through a Thierry Henry penalty, but Angelos Basinas missed a spot-kick for the vistors before a Pascal Cygan own goal allowed the Greek side to equalise.
“We were a little bit unlucky. I cannot accuse the team of giving chances away. We conceded that goal at a bad moment because they were in a position where they had to come out.
“When they got back to 1-1 they cut the game, put defenders on and that changed the game after that.
“Panathinaikos are a good side, they have a big squad, many international players and they were well organised and defended very well.
“I believe in the strength of my team and I’m confident we will do it.”