Arsene Wenger “We have not given up on the title and can show that on Saturday”
Arsene Wenger speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match with Manchester City has rejected comments from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who claimed the Gunners were “a million miles away” from winning the Premier League title.
“If six points (from the top) is a million miles away, then I don’t know what the translation from a mile into a point is,” Wenger said on Friday morning.
“Everybody has opinions, people who have managed zero games have opinions and we have to accept that.
“What you live with is what you do on the pitch, and all the rest is only opinions.
“We are in a society where there are thousands of opinions every day, and some go for you and some go against you. You have to live with that.”
Scholes also said Arsenal “midfield players with no discipline” and adding that “there are no leaders” at the north London club.
Wenger, though, insists his squad – which has been hit by injuries to key men like Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – have what it takes to compete with the best.
Arsenal take on Manchester City side – who won 3-0 at Old Trafford in midweek – on Saturday afternoon following the disappointment of conceding a late own goal in a 2-2 draw against Swansea. Arsenal had come from behind to lead with two quick second-half goals, and looked set for a morale boosting three points.
Wenger added: “We have not given up (on the title), believe me and we can show that on Saturday. It is our attitude that will decide that.
“Champions keep going when everybody else would give up. We have an opportunity to show that we have that mentality.”
Former England international Scholes also questioned the development of Wilshere, who had yet to go onto the “next level”.
Wenger, though, also rejected those claims.
The Gunners boss said: “You cannot say that, Jack Wilshere is an exceptional player for me who has been handicapped by many injuries.
“Once Jack is back and consistently on the pitch, he will prove everybody wrong about that because he is an exceptional player – and Scholes knows that as well.”
Wilshere is currently recovering from a fractured foot suffered when playing for England in a friendly against Denmark at the start of March.
Wenger expects the combative midfielder to complete his recovery in time to play some part in the final matches of the domestic season and also be available for the World Cup.
“Jack Wilshere needs more time. I don’t know exactly how long, he works very hard on his rehab and it is a fractured bone so you cannot accelerate that process,” Wenger said.
“But yes, for the World Cup certainly (he will be back).”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that Bacary Sagna will remain with the Gunners.
The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a free transfer for Manchester City.
But Wenger is confident that they can come to an agreement on a new deal.
He said: “I am confident he will stay but we will accept his decision no matter what it is.”
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