Arsene Wenger hits back at Scholes criticism

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes’s criticism of his side.

Scholes, while making a rare appearance as a pundit for Sky Sports during Tuesday night’s clash between the Red Devils and Manchester City at Old Trafford, accused Arsenal of lacking character and discipline following their 6-0 capitulation at Chelsea last Saturday.

However, during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Wenger hit back at the Manchester United legend.

Referring to Scholes, the Frenchman told reporters: "People who have managed zero games have opinions.”

Wenger also responded to Scholes’s assessment that Arsenal are a “million miles” away from being Premier League title contenders.

"If six points is a 'million miles away' [from the title],” the Gunners’ boss added, “I don't know what the translation of a mile into a point is."

Wenger is under increasing pressure to win a trophy this season, as the club’s fan fear a ninth consecutive full campaign without silverware under the long-serving Frenchman. The Gunners’ last trophy came at the end of the 2005 FA Cup Final against Manchester United - a game in which, coincidentally, Scholes missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

However, Arsenal are the overwhelming favourites to win this year’s FA Cup after finding themselves in the semi-final draw alongside only one other Premier League club. Wenger’s men face Championship outfit Wigan Athletic in the last four, and will meet the winners of Hull City v Sheffield United in May’s final.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, Arsenal are six points off league-leaders Chelsea with seven matches left to play.

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