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Wenger turns deaf ear to critics


Arsenal fans hold up a banner asking Arsene Wenger to leave after their 1-0 win at West Brom

Arsenal fans hold up a banner asking Arsene Wenger to leave after their 1-0 win at West Brom

Arsenal fans hold up a banner asking Arsene Wenger to leave after their 1-0 win at West Brom

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to ignore his critics and will instead look to the future at Arsenal.

The Frenchman came under fire from Gunners fans on Saturday as they unveiled a banner reading 'Arsene, thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye' at their 1-0 win over West Brom.

Victory, earned by Danny Welbeck's second-half header, saw Arsenal seal successive wins after their 2-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Arsenal fans remain frustrated with the Gunners' failure to compete for the Barclays Premier League title, though, with some calling for Wenger to leave after 18 years in charge.

However, the Gunners boss, who refused to answer questions about the banner, was unmoved.

Wenger said: "I don't comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don't comment on your question."

He added: "Every person has responsibility to prepare for the future, always."

And Wenger insisted he had also ignored any criticism after last Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

"The only thing we can do is let people talk. We live in a society of total opinion but we live off not what we say but what we do, and what we do is on the pitch," he said.

Welbeck's winner was his 11th goal of the season for club and country to leave Wenger grateful after Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up injuries.

"He is a striker who plays left, right and centrally but for me it's not important. We have so many crosses coming in you always have a chance if you stay on the flanks as well," he said.

"It was a game we controlled well until we scored the first goal but we didn't take our chances. Having given what we did on Wednesday it could have been difficult to finish the game off."

Saido Berahino hit the bar late on for the subdued Baggies, who have now lost three straight games.

Home fans also chanted "You don't know what you're doing" towards head coach Alan Irvine after he replaced Stephane Sessegnon with Georgios Samaras.

"It's not nice to hear it but people have their own opinions and it very nearly worked," said Irvine of the substitution.

"We looked as if we might score when perhaps we didn't look like scoring too many times prior to the changes. Had it worked perhaps people would have had a different judgement.

"We got close to getting something. We were committing a lot of people forward and put Arsenal under pressure at the end. We started the game well and Arsenal looked a threat on the counter but then we lost that control."

Irvine also rued an offside call after Berahino was stopped as he looked to run clean through at the start of the second half, despite looking onside.

He said: "It's two weeks in a row (after Diego Costa scored against them from an offside position), two big decisions have gone against us. People make mistakes but you could do without them. It makes the job against teams like Chelsea and Arsenal that much harder."