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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists television pundits are wrong to dismiss the Gunners' Premier League title hopes, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Analysts Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy have all questioned Arsenal's title credentials on BBC highlights show Match of the Day in recent weeks, according to the article.
But Wenger maintains the critics are wrong to dismiss his team's hopes without offering sound reasoning for their opinion:
Sometimes I watch it (Match of the Day), sometimes not.
Sometimes it’s just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something. That can make sense.
But if it’s something based on hate or love, or just gut feeling then I just say, ‘Okay, it’s an opinion, he might be right, he might be wrong.'
Often, he [the pundit] doesn't sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument.
Meanwhile, Wenger insists there are no deals in place to sign Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Pato, reports The Sun (subscription required).
Sporting Lisbon have told Arsenal and Manchester United that it will cost £12.5 million to sign midfielder William Carvalho, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.