Arsenal have led the Premier League since the middle of September but Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer are among those to have cast doubt on their title ambitions

Arsene Wenger is adamant that Arsenal 's confidence will not be damaged by being written off this season by so many pundits and has told his players that they "have a good opportunity" to prove people wrong.

Arsenal have led the Premier League since the middle of September but Telegraph columnist Alan Hansen and Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer are among those to have cast doubt on their title ambitions on the BBC's flagship Match of the Day programme.

"When I arrived here people explained I couldn't win the title as I am foreign," said Wenger. "Everybody has their own logic. I just think you win the title through your quality. If we didn't win for eight years it is because we weren't good enough in the important moments of the season. We have a good opportunity to show we are good enough so let's take it.

"The only thing that is changing is not our mind, it's your mind. Because until now you never ask me about the pressure because you always thought it was an accident that we are there and it won't last.

"Now that it's lasting a bit longer, you start to think: 'We have to consider them a bit more seriously.' I have enough experience to analyse what we do and how well we play. I don't need someone else to tell me. I'm not upset by that at all. Sometimes I watch it [Match of the Day], sometimes not."

When he listens to pundits, Wenger differentiates between those who back up their opinion with reasoned argument.

"I take anything from anybody - I just try to analyse whether he has a point or not," said Wenger.

"Often he doesn't sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument. But of course I have gleaned things from a pundit."

Arsenal will be without Bacary Sagna against Hull City tonight due to a hamstring injury, with Wenger expecting his team to be boosted by the Emirates crowd.

"There is certainly more support from the stands than this time last year," he said. "It will be a massive advantage because when we have a difficult patch during a game our fans feel it and support in response.

"Last year it was moaning when we had a weak period. You feel that. Of course, it gives the players more belief and more desire."

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