Arsene Wenger shrugs off TV pundits doubting Arsenal title bid

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unconcerned by television pundits doubting his side's title challenge.

The Gunners have a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they seek their first title since 2004.

Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen are not sure if Arsenal can sustain their bid.

But Wenger said: "I've enough experience to analyse what we do and how well we play. I don't need someone else to tell me."

Wenger claims he is happy to accept those who doubt Arsenal's staying power, but only if they can support that argument with facts.

Arsenal's major honours under Arsene Wenger

Premier League titles: 1998, 2002, 2004

FA Cup: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005

Community Shield: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004

He said: "I take anything from anybody. I just try to analyse whether he has a point or not.

"Sometimes it's just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something that makes sense.

"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.'

"Often he doesn't sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument."

But he now believes that Arsenal's impressive start to the season has forced some critics to re-evaluate their title credentials.

Despite not being one of the favourites at the start of the season, the Gunners have won 10 of their opening 13 matches and face Hull at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

"What is changing are your minds, not ours. Until now I was never asked about the pressure because it was always thought it was an accident that we are top and it won't last," he said.

"Now that it's lasting a bit longer, people start to think: 'We have to consider them a bit more seriously.'"