Arsene Wenger hits back at 'Match of the Day' critics

Arsene Wenger says that he is not bothered by the opinions of Match of the Day pundits who think Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season.

Arsene Wenger has shrugged off claims made by Match of the Day pundits that Arsenal cannot win the Premier League title this season.

The Gunners have headed England's top tier for the majority of the campaign but have frequently had their chances of finishing there written off by the likes of Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer, despite opening up a four-point lead over their rivals.

"Sometimes I watch it, sometimes not," Wenger told the media. "I have enough experience to analyse what we do and how well we play. I don't need someone else to tell me. I'm not upset by that at all.

"I take anything from anybody. I just try to analyse whether he has a point or not. Sometimes it's just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something that makes sense. 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'.

"Often he doesn't sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument. If you just say 'Arsenal will win the championship or Arsenal won't win the championship because they haven't won it for eight years', then I think it's just an opinion.

"When I arrived here people explained I couldn't win the title as I'm 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's because we weren't good enough in the important moments of the season. We have a good opportunity to show we're good enough so let's take it."

Arsenal host Hull City at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the match against Man United on November 11, 2013
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