Clichy backs Wenger to continue at Arsenal

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Wenger's proud record of 20 consecutive top-four finishes seems in jeopardy.

Supporters have voiced their discontent over Arsenal's form with the club in danger of missing out on a Premier League top-four finish for the first time since 1996.

Some have been making their feelings clear by protesting outside Arsenal's London Colney training base this week.

On Sunday, for the 2-2 draw with Manchester City, these protests turned into plenty of in-fighting amongst Gooners, many of whom are uncertain about the club's future. I've said many times, it's not about me. "You ask again. Don't worry, you will get that answer soon".

Arsenal have never finished outside top-four under Wenger, who sees increased importance in finishing with one of the four UEFA Champions League qualification spots this season.

"It [finishing in the top four] is a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible", said Wenger. I am quite pleased that people can realise it is not as easy as it looks. We have a hard task in front of us but I am happy, as well, that people realise suddenly that it's not as easy as it always looked. Arsenal host West Ham United on Wednesday.

"The experience of having done it before will play a part of course, but I think it is just about sticking together and continuing to right".

The Gunners had actually dropped 4 from their previous 5 Premier League games, as well as dealt with City in unpredictability surrounding manager Arsene Wenger's future, with even more demonstrations presented prior to kick-off.

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"We have shown some mental strength", Wenger said, "and that will help us to come back to our natural fluency".

But for Arsenal, after crushing losses to Liverpool, West Brom and Bayern Munich last month, the result at least restored some confidence.

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"I don't know how long I will be here", he said.

"It's not about majority or minority".

"What we want is to come back to win our games". But as well I think we have managed to combine big investments and structural change without anybody putting one penny in, all only based on the quality of my work and being consistent.

"That's what you want to do".

"I'm not going to get into any detail but I do believe he [Wenger] is the right man [for Arsenal], added Clichy". Honestly. Why should I waste energy on that? "What's important in football is what happens on the pitch and inside the stadium, and I feel the fans were absolutely outstanding today".

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