By Wayne Veysey at the Emirates
Arsene Wenger insisted today that there is “no chance” he will walk away from the Arsenal manager’s job.
A chorus of jeers rang out at Emirates Stadium at the end of their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, with a small section of supporters calling for Wenger to spend some money before being drowned out by those supporting the Frenchman.
Speaking to reporters ahead of a week in which Arsenal travel to Udinese for a crucial Champions League qualifier and a trip to Manchester United in the Premier League, Wenger said: “I always feel under pressure, not more than usual.
"There is no chance I will walk away. I answered that question yesterday. I will continue to try to give my best for the club.
“Every defeat is a devastation or an earthquake in this job. We are very disappointed that we lost today. I feel the result is very harsh on us. The decider was the sending-off and the offside goal.
“For us, it is important now to lift the players. Wednesday night’s game [against Udinese] is massive and of big importance to us. After that we play Man United. We play all the big opponents away in the first half of the season, apart from Liverpool.”
Wenger was tight-lipped on reports in France that Samir Nasri, who played the whole 90 minutes against Liverpool, could stay at Arsenal after his contract negotiations with Manchester City broke down.
“Nobody told me that,” said the manager. “I don’t know about his future.
"I always say that I try to keep Samir Nasri. I never changed my mind on that. He loves the club, wants to play for us and if we decided to keep him, I would be happy. At the moment, I’m happy he is here.”
Wenger said that he had not yet decided whether to play his countryman against Udinese in Italy on Wednesday.
Asked about criticisms from supporters about the club’s transfer window activity, Wenger quipped: “You want supporters to be happy but I think the target is to have a good team and good players. You can spend money and have a bad team.”
Wenger did not attempt to criticise the red card given to Emmanuel Frimpong on his full Premier League debut – “I think that Frimpong is a victim of a lack of experience” – but gave an unconvincing defence of his team’s mounting injury crisis.
Laurent Koscielny joined those on the treatment table after limping off in the early exchanges with a back injury but Wenger insisted the amount of injuries was not unusual: “We had eight players out today. Those include injuries and suspensions. Why? I’m not a doctor. I don’t feel as if we have too many."