Arsene Wenger maintains he can “turn things around” at Arsenal and is refusing to contemplate quitting his post.
Calls for the Frenchman to walk away from a club that he has served for 22 years are mounting in intensity amid a sorry run of form.
A 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday was a fourth in succession for the Gunners, and an eighth reversal in their last 13 outings.
Wenger has never faced such opposition during his iconic reign in north London, but he retains full confidence in his ability to steer the club through a testing period.
He told Sky Sports following another disappointing display against Brighton, “It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say.
“It’s not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments.
“We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”
Wenger can expect to face further criticism over the coming weeks and months, with it already suggested that he has outstayed his welcome, but the 68-year-old insists he has given no thought to resigning.