Wojciech Szczesny has hit out at the section of Arsenal fans calling for the head of Arsene Wenger, insisting the Gunners have "the best manager in the world".
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• Who's the best manager in the world? Wenger's position at Arsenal weakens with every season that passes without a trophy, the last of which was won six years ago. The Frenchman has always stood behind his stylish brand of football and the lack of money he spends in the transfer market, but that idealistic policy is becoming increasingly tiresome to Arsenal's thirsty fans.
Only a miraculous end to the season could see Arsenal walk away with the Premier League title, despite closing the gap to six points with victory over Manchester United, but goalkeeper Szczesny is right behind his manager.
"It is ridiculous," he said in the Daily Mail, addressing criticism aimed at Wenger. "If you ask any of the players, they will stand by the manager.
"He built this thing from nothing and I believe he is the best manager in the world. He puts his reputation on the line with young players. We all take individual responsibility for our mistakes, and everyone has played their part in this season's disappointments.
"We just have to take it as a team. You can't blame the boss. He stood by the team all season." As one of the young players to break through this season, Szczesny speaks with an element of youth, insisting Arsenal have to be "patient".
"It is frustrating not to be in the side that wins the championship, but we have shown we have the quality. It is just a matter of whether we can step up next season.
"We believe we are good enough, that we have a lot of years in front of us and a lot of trophies to win - so let's be patient and show next year that we are good enough to win it."