Arsene Wenger has revealed he and his players felt unloved during parts of last season playing in front of fans at the Emirates.
And the Gunners manager has urged supporters to back the team as the north London outfit look to continue the form that sees them at the top of the Premier League table.
Wenger, speaking at today’s AGM, told shareholders: “Last year didn’t start the best way, we lost Robin Van Persie and that created lot of unrest and scepticism and we were de-stabilised and we addressed that.
“And we had two disappointments, both cup losses against lower division teams (Bradford in the League Cup and Blackburn in the FA Cup.
“From the end of March to today, we’ve lost one game. That great run created a huge emotion. The defeat was the first game (of this season). We hadn’t bought anyone and people became nervous, which I understand.
“Our policy after a long restricted period is to win the league again, our policy will continue on three levels.
“Our style and philosophy and we do that by developing our own players with youth policy and that should be the core of our club.
“”The second is based on intelligence of our eye, players who are unknown who can come big players here (thanks to) our connections and scouting.”
Wenger then gave examples of Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud who were signed by Arsenal when very little was known about them in this country.
Wenger then spoke about competing with clubs who exist thanks to billionaire owners. He said: “The number of clubs who will have huge funds will be bigger than ever.
“It cannot be a basis to put big numbers out on players to stabilise future of the club.
“I travel a lot, our club is loved in (because of) the way we try and play football, and we will always defend it.
“We need your support, we had some moments at the Emirates where we didn’t feel loved.
“At the end of November we will have clear view of the Premier League, especially when we get our players back.”
And closing his speech, Wenger managed a laugh when he alluded to a title party or at least a trophy come the end of the season.
He said: “At the end of May I hope to organise a positive meeting.”
*Quotes gleaned from shareholder tweets.