Arsene Wenger side face Fulham at the Emirates Stadium here today seeking a sixth successive EPL win that could, other results permitting, lift them into the top four for the first time this season.
Arsenal come off a mid-week win over Borussia Dortmund while Chelsea, Man United and Man City all floundered in the Champions League.
Gunners' midfielder Alex Song says the criticism directed at the club has proved a motivating force. "We want to show everyone is wrong about us and we did very well. We started badly, but it's not easy when you have new players, you need to give them time. At Arsenal, you just want to finish on top of the league all the time."