Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to answer his growing critics the only way he knows how - by guiding the team to victory over Galatasaray in Istanbul on tonight.

The Gunners tackle the Turkish side, who cannot qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, on the back of a bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat at Stoke, which saw them lose more ground on the top four.

Wenger was later jeered and subjected to some aggressive personal abuse as the players boarded the train back to London.

However, the 65-year-old insists everyone must take a distance on current issues, with Arsenal having left several senior men such as Alexis Sanchez back in London and travelled to Istanbul with half-a-dozen youngsters for the final Champions League Group D tie, the team already qualified for the last 16.

"We have to cope with that (criticism). We are professional footballers. What is important is the next game and the desire to do it," said Wenger, who ended a nine-season trophy drought with victory in the 2014 FA Cup final.

"I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way, to play to win the game.

"It is part of our job here, you cannot always look for excuses. We are down. Everyone feels it.

"When you have a disappointment you respond in a strong way, that is what competition is about.

"You cannot as well say there is a guarantee to anybody you will never lose a game. Many teams will lose at Stoke, you have to be realistic as well."

Wenger added: "The response after a defeat is always very important. What we want is to come back quickly to a strong defensive performance, what we had before the game (on Saturday).

"For the rest, you expect that everyone is disappointed after that result, but the Premier League is difficult.

"We want to be judged at the end of the season, not after every single game" - Arsene Wenger

"We want to be judged at the end of the season, not after every single game where it is normal that emotion is always very high, so let us get our stability back defensively and see at the end of the season where we are."

Wenger took the unusual step of naming his starting XI in the pre-match press conference.

"To make it as simple as possible, I have 11 experienced players and six young field players on the bench. That means I have nothing to hide," said Wenger, whose team must win and then hope Borussia Dortmund lose to finish top of the group.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy returns from three months out with an ankle injury, while Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers will also play. Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell will lead the attack.

Wenger added: "The players who needed it stayed behind - like (Santi) Cazorla, (Alexis) Sanchez, (Kieran) Gibbs - (Olivier) Giroud is not qualified - and (Danny) Welbeck, who could have travelled, but recently had a little knee problem, so took advantage of that to rest him.

"Sanchez had a groin problem for some time, and he has played 27 games... it is more just the number of repetitive games we have."

Wenger, meanwhile, confirmed midfielder Jack Wilshere was continuing his rehabilitation as planned following ankle surgery.

"How long will Wilshere be out? Three months, and he had no setback," said the Arsenal boss.

"He is just in a boot, he cannot have a setback because he does not practice."