Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists performances are the key to proving critics wrong this season.

The Gunners have received plenty of bad press this season, with defeats at Blackburn and Swansea two particular low points in a campaign that also saw an 8-2 defeat at Manchester United back in August.

However, the north London outfit are currently in the driving seat in the race for fourth place, and the Frenchman is hoping his players can continue to prove people wrong with performances like the one against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

"When people want you to be bad, they tell you that you are bad. Sometimes you have to accept that you are questioned but sometimes the questioning is not always based on facts. But we have to live with that and I believe the best answer is to give the kind of performance we gave against Tottenham, not to talk too much and play,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"[The derby] was an important victory but for me it was significant because we won with style and desire. On the day we produced the performance we wanted, and if you look back in the championship, we are on a good run.

"It is good to be inspired by our performance [against Tottenham] and hopefully it will help us to produce another one of the same level because that will be wanted at Liverpool."

Arsenal have a seven-point cushion on the Reds, but with Kenny Dalglish’s side having a game in-hand, victory at Anfield would give them the chance to close the gap to within one point.

And, with Chelsea and Newcastle United also in the fight for the final Champions League qualifying spot, the pressure will be on for Wenger’s side to produce another fine performance on Merseyside.

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