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We don't lack character: Wenger


By Liam Walker

Arsene Wenger has hit back at Troy Deeney after the Watford captain claimed Arsenal's players lack "cojones".

Watford came from behind to beat the north Londoners 2-1 last weekend, with Deeney netting a contentious penalty not long after coming on as a substitute.

The defeat was Arsenal's third of the season and Deeney suggested that Wenger's side lack the necessary mettle to grind out results such as that one.

But Wenger begged to differ, telling journalists at a press conference yesterday to preview today's Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade that Deeney's comments "aren't justified".

"You can't question our character," the Frenchman said. "People try and put us down, they always have. Those comments aren't justified."

As much as he disagreed with the sentiment, Wenger also said Deeney was entitled to voice his opinion.

"Everyone is entitled to talk," he added.

"We don't listen to what people say - we try to analyse or own game.

"I love my players and I trust their strength of character to respond quickly. I know who my players really are.

"In the (previous) seven games we had six wins and one draw. Comments are part of the modern game."

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal

Europa League Group H:

Rajko Mitić Stadium, Tonight, 6.00 pm

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