Arsene Wenger says second place is 'not a disaster'
Wenger's side are second in the Premier League, seven points behind Manchester United with a game in hand
Arsene Wenger insists failure to win a trophy for a sixth successive season would not be a "disaster" for Arsenal.
The Arsenal Supporters' Trust recently expressed "considerable disappointment" at recent results.
The Gunners boss said: "We are second in the league. Is that a disaster? There are teams who invest 10 times more than us, and they are behind us.
"Some of the clubs behind us have done nothing for 20 years, yet suddenly get a lot of praise. I don't understand."
He added: "If we are disappointed at the end [of the season] then OK. Why do you say it's a disaster when we are second in the league? Do the 18 clubs behind us have a fantastic disaster?"
The Gunners are second in the Premier League behind Manchester United, but were knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the last six weeks, as well as losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham.
They have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 - but have been a permanent fixture in the top four of the table, earning regular Champions League participation.
And the Frenchman wants any criticism of his team to be put into context, insisting they are heading in the right direction.
Wenger went on: "We have been in the Champions League for 15 years, and there are only two clubs who have done that in this country - it is us and Manchester United.
If I look at this team I'm proud of them, proud of the attitude of the players and the football we play
"Trophies are one way to judge a club. They're not overrated as it allows you to say you have won a trophy, but would you swap winning the FA Cup for playing in the Champions League?
"Is it a trophy or not to be in the Champions League? Is it more important to win the FA Cup?"
"We do as well as we can, and if it's not good enough it's not good enough, but what I deny is that everything is suddenly negative. We have built this club. Look at the players in this team. I will speak to you in 10 years."
Wenger also gave a staunch defence of his policy to invest in youth rather than signing proven stars, adding: "We have done well for our age as we are second in the league.
"There are teams who invest 10 times more than us, one player cost more than the whole team and they are behind us. I don't understand the way people think."
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