Wenger relieved fans didn't turn on team in draw with City

After the two clubs reached a tie, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero nearly scored again, at which point Wenger was not having it anymore.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to kick off during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.

Amid reports of interest from Paris Saint Germain, Wenger said: "I will not retire (if he leaves Arsenal)". "It was a mental test and overall you could see that the team was touched on the confidence front, the fluency in our game suffered".

"We've been going down in a lot of games but we did well to come back and I think that shows how strong we are".

It is a fractious time at the North London club over the managerial situation and it appears some fans have let their frustrations get the better of them.

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal fans have been taking a top-four finish for granted in recent years and feels their struggles this season are proof that qualifying for the Champions League is by no means an easy feat. If we show the same spirit we showed against City [in Sunday's 2-2 draw], we will win football games. While the support, through the game, was outstanding, there were protests outside the Emirates, suggesting the "Wenger out" brigade isn't ready to silently into the night yet.

A supporter holds up an anti-Wenger placard in the crowd after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at The Emirates in London.

Arsenal lost Laurent Koscielny to injury at half-time and it was his central defensive partner Shkodran Mustafi who rose above City's defence from a corner to restore parity after 53 minutes. Like Pep Guardiola said "to achieve a top four in England is a trophy".

"I felt he did give everything today", Wenger said of the Chile forward. "But it's OK, time to improve".

"After the first half, we score a goal, forgot to play", Guardiola said in a blunt assessment. It wouldn't have been good for us to lose three points again (against City), so we've dropped two.

"When he does leave the club, I would love to see him go in a better way, not when people are trying to push him out".

  • Wendy Palmer