Arsene Wenger pleased with positive response as Gunners beat AC Milan


But, although Milan are in a rut themselves, Arsenal's desperation for a morale-boosting victory was so strong that Wilshere believes they can use take the momentum from the San Siro to ensure Wenger silences the critics.

"Arsenal are in a very hard period, but are a great team, but we made too many mistakes", said Gattuso. But he says he can cope with the flak because it's never personal.

Wenger also spoke briefly about his positive attitude in the face of criticism, insisting he is still confident in his side's ability to achieve success this season.

"That's what we want to show, that we have the mental resources and qualities".

And Le Saux is disappointed to see a legend in the game go out on such a low.

Arsenal are languishing 13 points adrift of the Premier League's top four and a dismal 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the League Cup final exposed numerous flaws in Wenger's squad.

Towards the end of the game, Wenger made sure of the result by throwing as many defenders into the fray as the rules permitted. Arsenal, however, were largely untroubled as they limited the home side to half chances with a solid defensive display.

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"We could've done more, but we didn't play as a team, so every time they attacked, it was a danger".

Arsenal had been widely criticised for their form heading into the match, and the manager was pleased with how his team completed their first victory in five matches.

'But I'm just unhappy that we lose the games. "And then you look at the money, every team in England earns triple from TV rights and this makes the difference".

"I don't know what has happened in the past but I am sure our players will do their best as they do in all the matches".

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a resounding win against Watford at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon. It's just nice that we've managed to turn a little corner and get a good result. Overall I'm pleased with the spirit we showed. "Whenever I play against Arsenal, I'll go up and think 'let me whack the first one and see who wants it, '" he said.

"It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week", the 68-year-old Frenchman told BT Sport.

"Football is first about values, if I can leave that behind me and that maybe somewhere people respect that Arsenal is [not only] about winning or losing, but as well about what is important in the game", he said.