Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has rejected suggestions that they are under pressure following their recent problems both on and off the pitch.
With captain Cesc Fabregas' departure to Barcelona this month and the potential move of fellow midfielder Samir Nasri to Premier League rivals Manchester City, the Gunners are depleted in the middle of the park.
Arsene Wenger's side have started the 2011-12 season disappointingly, drawing with Newcastle United in their opening league fixture last weekend and then losing 2-0 to Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday.
In midweek the Gunners edged past Udinese 1-0 in the first-leg of their Champions League play-off tie and will head to Udine in Italy for the second-leg this Wednesday.
Sagna, though, is confident that Arsenal will be able to come out of their current problems and dismisses that they are low on morale at the moment.
"You will see spirit in this team now, we have to fight for each other," the full-back told The People. "We do not feel under pressure to prove anything to people, we just have to perform game after game.
"We honestly ignore all the negative things people are saying. We are expecting a tough game in the second leg, but we have shown so many times we are a good team.
"I think we showed it in the first leg by winning - that was the most important thing. But we will have to defend better."
The 28-year-old also backed Aaron Ramsey to show his class and step up to the mark in the midfield in the absence of Fabregas in spite of scoring an own goal against Liverpool on Saturday.
"Aaron is top quality," enthused Sagna. "Some of the passes he makes are similar to Cesc - but he will play his own game."