Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed the TV pundits who claim his league leaders do not have the staying power to maintain a title challenge.
The Gunners go into tonight’s clash against Hull with a four-point lead over nearest challengers Chelsea.
But Match of the Day pundits Alan Hansen, Danny Mills and Alan Shearer have cast doubt over Arsenal’s ability to stay at the Barclays Premier League summit.
Wenger said: ‘Sometimes I watch them. Sometimes it’s just someone saying their opinion without an argument. If it’s something based on hate or love or just gut feeling then I just say, “OK, it’s an opinion — he might be right, he might be wrong”.
‘If you just say, “Arsenal won’t win the championship because they haven’t won it for eight years”, then it’s just an opinion.
‘When I arrived here people explained I couldn’t win the title as I am foreign. Everybody has their own logic. I just think you win the title through your quality.
‘If we didn’t win for eight years it is because we weren’t good enough. We have a good opportunity to show we are good enough, so let’s take it.’
Carl Jenkinson is set for a first-team recall tonight with Bacary Sagna likely to miss the Hull game because of a hamstring injury.
Germany striker Lukas Podolski is due to resume full training before the end of the week after more than three months out with a hamstring problem. – Daily Mail