04/12/2012 06:17 GMT

Arsenal 'Not In Crisis' Says Arsene Wenger Ahead Of Champions League Olympiakos Match

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Arsenal are in "fantastic shape" despite their worst start to a season since 1994.

The club are currently drifting in the middle of the table in 10th position and have only gained two points from their last three games.

They lost their last game against Swansea 2-0 and were booed of the pitch by fans.


Arsenal are four places lower than there last previous worst start in 2005-06

He said: "Let's not go overboard. We lost on Saturday and of course we not happy with that.

"But I'm confident that we have a strong team, that we have a strong spirit in the side and that will come out," reports the Sun.

Ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League Group B match at Olympiakos, Wenger has desperately tried to play down any talk in the press that the team is in a crisis.

He told Sky Sports: "We lost one game in the last seven. You should look a little bit at the statistics and not only read the newspapers.

"I only have one pressure and that is to win the next football game, believe me, and to play the football I love. All the rest, I don't think that affects me at all. You would be surprised."

Wenger also denied that he would swap positions with Man City who are currently second in the table, but out of the Champions League and League Cup.

He said: "No, for one simple reason, we have played 15 games, so we have 25 games to come back on them, but once you are out of a cup competition, you cannot come back in again.

"We can make up the distance in the league, but in the Champions League you are either in or out," reports the Independent.

Wenger is confident that he and the team have what it takes to turn the club's fortunes around.

He told the BBC: "I feel there's a lot of strength in our team and patience and keeping mental strength will turn it round in an easy way.

"This club is in fantastic shape because we have a good team, we have a strong structure of the club that we have built over the years, we are in a strong financial situation and we are mentally strong.

"I can understand that not everybody is pleased about that, but that's a fact. And that's why we have to continue to behave how we do."