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McNicholas: Arsenal's ex factor

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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Dec 3, 2013

Arsene Wenger shrugs off title doubters

Arsene Wenger has responded to the television pundits who have suggested Arsenal are not capable of winning the Premier League title this season.

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The Gunners have made a strong start to the campaign and currently hold a four-point lead at the summit over second-placed Chelsea.

Yet despite a record of 10 wins from their opening 13 league matches, some pundits on the British highlights programme Match of The Day have been reluctant to back the club as genuine title contenders.

Quoted in the Daily Mirror, Wenger said: "Sometimes I watch it [Match of The Day], sometimes not. Sometimes it’s just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something. That can make sense.

"But if it’s something based on hate or love, or just gut feeling then I just say, 'Okay, it’s an opinion - he might be right, he might be wrong.’ Often, he [the pundit] doesn’t sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument.

"Of course [I have gleaned things from a pundit] -- if you make an article tomorrow saying, 'I think Arsenal will win the championship because of that, this or that' or 'Arsenal will not win the championship because of something else. Look at these numbers or statistics, they always repeat the same mistake’ or offer something that is in there.

"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 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 in the important moments of the season. We have a good opportunity to show we are good enough, so let’s take it."

 

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