Jack Wilshere says Arsenal’s character is not in question after criticism from Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Deeney said that Arsenal lacked ‘cojones’ in their 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, with former Gunner Martin Keown saying the players lack determination.
Midfielder Wilshere said: “As a player if your attitude is questioned, it’s horrible.
“I don’t think the comments were justified. All we can do is perform.”
Arsenal face Red Star Belgrade on Thursday evening top of their Europa League group with maximum points from their opening two games.
But the Gunners have lost three of their eight games in the Premier League to fall nine points behind leaders Manchester City already.
“I look around this team and you can’t question our character,” said Wilshere.
“People try and put us down, they always have.
“We did certain things wrong at Watford but we certainly didn’t want to let the lead slip. We will move on.”
Manager Arsene Wenger said: “We don’t listen too much to what people say, I know who my players really are.
“I love my players and I trust their strength of character to respond quickly.”
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