Arsene Wenger reveals he watches Match of the Day with sound off

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Not one to usually take part in off-pitch mind games, Arsene Wenger has revealed a more playful side to him by claiming he regularly indulges in Match of the Day viewing, albeit with Gary Lineker and co. muted.

It seems that Wenger has followed Mourinho's lead by appearing to subtly criticising the quality of the MOTD punditry.

“Sometimes I watch Match of the Day to see how we’ve been perceived," Wenger told Arsenal's official magazine.  It’s better to watch it with the sound turned down."

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Although Gary Lineker, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer are yet to respond with a jibe of their own, rest assured, they will perhaps find some glee in Mesut Ozil's recent unprofessionalism as they have always been quick to criticise the former Real Madrid man for his perceived lack of effort and below-par performances for the Gunners. 

Giving pundits no reason to criticise

It's all well aiming a subtle jibe at the MOTD presenters but, as many will say, Wenger would be best advised to let his players do the talking on the pitch as his side prepare for a testing run of games which will be decisive in their quest for that all-important top four place.

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After the international break, the Gunners will face in-form Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium and will be looking to really cement their position in the top three and possibly attempt to bridge the gap on second-placed Manchester City. 


Granted, for football fans up and down the country and irrespective of where their club loyalty lies, MOTD remains a pleasant tradition to indulge in.

However, it seems that Wenger will not be the first or the last to fire shots, albeit tactfully in a very professeur-esque way, at the MOTD pundits.

Amongst others, Nigel Pearson and the ever-present Joey Barton have been openly critical and insulting of the programme with the former claiming that "fountains of knowledge" Gary Lineker, Danny Murphy and Jermaine Jenas shouldn't have made a "mountain out of a molehill".

Indeed, it is clear that the MOTD pundits will not be particularly intimidated or concerned by Wenger's recent jibe.

Those with a relatively fresh memory will remember that Gary Lineker and co. have been called out for much, much worse, notably labelled "pr*cks" and "odious toads" by QPR's bad boy Joey Barton. 

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