Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker insists no-one inside the dressing room doubt manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal sit 15th in the table, with Mertesacker coming in for criticism for some of his performances.

Mertesacker said: "The coach has been the pride of Arsenal for years. Arsene Wenger does not sign players about whom he is not totally convinced.

"He gives this feeling to everyone on a daily basis. This knowledge gives me a lot of security.

"He (Wenger) has a huge reputation there and enjoys complete confidence.

"For the Arsenal fans Wenger is a hero and he cannot lose this status. There is no one here who is not certain that the success will return.

"We have a talented team with a lot of potential lying dormant within us and it's only a matter of time before that comes to the surface."