Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit back at Troy Deeney after the Watford striker accused the Gunners of lacking “cojones” following his side’s Premier League victory on Saturday.
Deeney rose from the substitutes’ bench to change the game, scoring from the penalty spot and proving a real nuisance to the Arsenal defence as Watford turned the match on its head.
In the aftermath, Deeney intimated that Arsenal lack the mental resilience to withstand a physical approach from opponents, comments which Wenger vehemently disagrees with.
“You can’t question our character,” said the Frenchman. “People try and put us down, they always have. Those comments aren’t justified.
“I love my players and I trust their strength of character to respond quickly. I know who my players are.”
Wenger, meanwhile, has confirmed that forgotten full-back Mathieu Debuchy is in contention to start Thursday’s Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade. The Gunners top Group H with maximum points from their opening two matches.