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Published: 09:16 | 14/3/16

Wenger: Speculation is a farce

Arsene Wenger wants to be judged at the end of the season after growing tired of the constant speculation about his future.

Arsenal's quest for a third successive FA Cup ended on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Watford to end their unbeaten run in the competition.

The Gunners will have little time to dwell on the loss as they look to over a 2-0 first-leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, while they could find themselves 11 points behind Leicester when they next play in the Premier League.

Fans are growing frustrated at the club's lack of progress with some calling for Wenger to be replaced, but the Frenchman insists the defeat to Watford is not the end of the world.

"The next game is always a big challenge and you are always in the middle of a drama. It is becoming a farce. We have lost a game," Wenger said when asked about his future.

"We are sad and we want to focus on the next game. Arsenal have lost games before in history and we will lose again in the future. We will stick together and cope with it and prepare for the next one with complete belief.

"We want to make the impossible possible [in Barcelona] and we know we play against a very strong, strong side and it’s important we go there and focus and show a very good response.

"Supporters stand behind the club and we want to fight until the end of the season for every single game. That is what we did. What is going on at the moment is very, very difficult to take for the players but judge us at the end of the season.

"We have come to the end of a very, very long run in the FA Cup, so it is very sad, but we want now to focus on the next game."

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