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Wenger remains focused on job

September 21, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsene Wenger insists he "is not bothered at all" by the continued speculation about his future at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger
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Wenger guided the Gunners into the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a 3-1 win over Shrewsbury on Tuesday night, after receiving the full backing of chief executive Ivan Gazidis in the wake of a disappointing run of results, including Saturday's 4-3 capitulation at struggling Blackburn.

The questions surrounding the Frenchman's future again surfaced when James Collins headed the League Two side ahead after 16 minutes.

However, England defender Kieran Gibbs levelled before the break with his first senior goal, before the lively Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in a 25-yard effort on the hour and Yossi Benayoun wrapped things up late on.

Despite the criticism, Wenger again stated he has no intentions of letting anything shift his focus from getting the club back on track.

"I am not bothered at all by this speculation. I am completely focused on doing well," he said.

"I can understand that people are unhappy and criticise, but you know as well as I know people are very quick to go overboard.

"When we do well we take all the plaudits, so we have to take as well all the blame when it doesn't go as well - but we have as well on both sides to take some distance.

"When it goes well we must not completely believe what people say and when it does not go as well, we must not completely believe it."

Gazidis also added to his support for the Arsenal boss by brushing off suggestions the Frenchman could walk out on Arsenal, with the American certain Wenger is committed to fulfilling his contract, even if the English Football Association come calling.

Gazidis said: "He is not going to walk out. There is absolutely no issue about Arsene leaving the club or the club pushing him out. He did not suddenly become a bad manager or somebody who became out of touch with the game. It is complete nonsense. "He is under contract to Arsenal and he always honours his contract. It's not an issue."