Arsene Wenger has once again poked Paul Scholes in his critical eye following comments made by the former Manchester United midfielder last week when he lashed at Arsenal for “lacking a leader”.
But after holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening, the Gunners’ boss hailed his team saying they have responded well, and have proven that leaders exist in his squad.
Following Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea Scholes, a guest pundit on SkySports, claimed Arsenal didn’t have any leaders and were “million miles” away from wining the title.
Wenger admitted his team has shown they can “fight”, and had endured a “nightmare week”, in which they also dropped points to Swansea, but he was pleased with their response after falling behind against City.
“We have leaders in this team. It’s a real courage, still to be available when you are insecure, to want the ball when your confidence is not there,” the French tactician said.
“We have shown we can fight, that we can be united and we can respond to adversity. It’s not pleasant when people who are in the job criticise the players but you don’t give too much importance to that.
“The last week has been very hard, but very positive as well as it is always a chance to show you have mental strength.
“I am very proud of my players because they have shown that against Manchester City. We have gone through an absolute nightmare – we have gone through a storm this week. It is difficult to protect the players from that. The only way you can deal with it is to respond on the pitch.”