Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed criticism from TV pundits that have suggested his side lack the staying power to stay clear of their Premier League title rivals, insisting that their opinions are often unsubstantiated and there to be disproved.
The Gunners hold a four-point lead at the top of the table after a tremendous start to the season, winning 10 of their first 13 games as Wenger bids to end an eight-year trophy drought.
That fine opening to to the campaign has not been enough to convince some analysts that Arsenal can maintain their strong form though, with Match of the Day regulars Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen both voicing concerns over whether the Gunners can manage the expectation of being genuine title contenders once again.
Wenger has revealed that he regularly watches MOTD and often finds the arguments of Gary Lineker's guests to be unfounded, while imploring his current crop of stars to take advantage of their encouraging early-season showings in the run-up to a hectic schedule of Christmas fixtures.
He told the Daily Mail: "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”.
"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."
Arsenal's quest to retain Premier League supremacy continues this week with two home games in four days, as Hull City and Everton visit the Emirates tonight and Sunday respectively.