After Troy Deeney’s comments last weekend, where he claimed that the Arsenal defenders didn’t have “the cojones” to deal with his physical and “ugly” play, and football fans and media alike have been questioning whether or not the Watford striker was right or wrong to say what he said ever since.

Marco Silva joined the club from Hull City over the summer and has guided them to their best start to a season in Premier League history, but they now face another tough hurdle as they travel to Stanford Bridge on Saturday to face the champions Chelsea. I think it is fair we are having these conversations because we did really well in our opening eight games.

“You can’t question our character”.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger subsequently brushed off the criticism, while midfielder Jack Wilshere labelled the suggestions as “horrible”.

And Wilshere played a pivotal role in setting up the victor against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night – a result that the midfielder claims is proof of the team’s character.

“For my players we must look inside and not outside and respect ourselves as well”.

“We did certain things wrong but we certainly didn’t want to let the lead slip”.

We will move on. All we can do is come back with a good performance and a good performance at the weekend”.

“I’m sure individually the players are disappointed, no one wants to hear those comments, [but] the players are entitled to their opinions and to talk, that’s part of the modern-day game”. After the game sometimes the enthusiasm of what happened can go a bit overboard.

“We don’t listen to what people say – we try to analyse or own game”.

Troy Deeney knows my opinion on this, my opinion will stay between me and him”, he told reporters.

“I love my players and I trust their strength of character to respond quickly”.

“In the last seven games we had six wins and one draw”.