Arsene Wenger emerged from the latest setback in Arsenal's faltering title assault to declare his support for Cesc Fabregas, despite the Gunners captain appearing to undermine his boss in an interview with a Spanish magazine.
The Gunners are now six points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United after last night's enthralling 3-3 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane saw them drop to third in the table.
The run up to the match was overshadowed by an interview with Spanish publication Don Balon in which Fabregas reportedly questioned Wenger's policy of putting faith in his young players, rather than bringing in established imports to help end the Londoners' six-year wait for a trophy.
The Gunners skipper said that his words had been twisted and a furious Wenger echoed those sentiments after last night's stalemate at White Hart Lane.
"The article bothers me," Wenger said.
"This was an article organised by the club with a check viewing of the article. Not only did the author not respect the agreement, but also he did twist completely the article and we are really upset about it.
"It was not an attack on my philosophy.
"That is not what he (Fabregas) said. He said completely the opposite."
Arsenal had looked on course to close the gap on United when they raced into a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of last night's derby.
Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie netted for the visitors while Rafael van der Vaart claimed a seventh-minute strike for Spurs.
Tom Huddlestone's 20-yard rocket put Harry Redknapp's men within one goal of their bitter rivals before Van der Vaart made it 3-3 from the penalty spot after Aaron Lennon had been brought down by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny.
United could seal a record 19th title even if they lose to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on May 1, but Wenger insists his team's dream of ending their trophy drought is not over for this year.
"The title race is completely open," Wenger said.
"This team has a remarkable attitude and even if at the moment we do not have the number of points, we are remarkably consistent and it was a difficult game tonight.
"Chelsea are now back in the race. Chelsea play Man United and Tottenham but it's down to us.
"We have to keep our faith and keep battling."
Redknapp's side now trail fourth-place Manchester City by two points in the race for a Champions League spot after last night's game, but he instead chose to savour the exciting clash and praise his side's character after almost pulling off an amazing comeback.
"It was a great game played between two good teams," Redknapp said.
"I felt we were excellent in the second half and we had the best chances to win it in the end.
"We have come back from losing positions quite a bit and turned the game around.
"The spirit we have here comes from having a happy camp, you create that spirit at the club.
"William Gallas was struggling at the end an I was going to sub him, but he wanted to play on and you need people like that who never give up."