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Wenger plays down the jeers of frustrated Arsenal fans

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's fans did not make a "major statement" with their angry reaction to Wednesday's defeat to Swansea and believes his players are ready to bounce back against title rivals Tottenham.

The Gunners succumbed to a 2-1 loss to the Swans, which saw them miss out on a chance to close in on Premier League leaders Leicester. And they also saw goalkeeper Petr Cech ruled out for up to a month.

Wenger saw his decision to replace Joel Campbell jeered by the home faithful inside the Emirates, with more boos at the final whistle.

Ahead of today's crunch north London derby at Spurs, former Arsenal striker and record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who works as an academy coach at the club, said the Arsenal fans were as angry as he had ever seen.

Wenger would not be drawn on what he thought of Henry's comments and put the fans' furious reaction down to a normal act of frustration.

"I say to people what I think face-to-face," he said when asked if Henry's comments would make matters worse.

"Thierry Henry will not play tomorrow for Arsenal. His comments are like any other comments, they cannot help.

"You cannot say they were as angry as that. Who can measure that? So, it doesn't look to me (like) a major statement. Our fans are unhappy, I am unhappy, we're all unhappy."

Wenger knows a victory over Spurs would help silence the boo-boys.

"I feel we are ready," he said. "They have made progress. Now this is crunch time in the last 10 games."

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