By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes his thick skin can handle endless “bullets” from the media.

The Arsenal manager has taken more than his fair share of flak following a poor start to the season. But the Frenchman is fighting back and believes this “bear” can absorb all the gunfire. It is just part of the job.

The only aspect that worries him is the effect on young players within the squad.

“Since I arrived in England there have been a lot of things said,” he remarked.

“Personally I do not complain. I am supposed to take the bullets and absorb them. Like a bear, a polar bear.

“In fairness, they don’t hurt me too much. You worry more about the young player who gets in the team at the moment and gets slaughtered. I remember when I was 19 that was much more difficult for me to take.”

Wenger was asked just how many ‘bullets’ could he absorb.

“Endless,” he smiled. “But that is because I understand the game.

“When it is positive [coverage] it is the same for me. I’m a human being and I prefer it when you say I am not an idiot. But I know that it is an emotional game and I have to deal with that.

“That is why it is important that we do well for the Club and try to get our fans happy again.”

Team news

Arsenal: Diaby (ankle), Vermaelen (ankle), Wilshere (ankle), Benayoun (thigh), Djourou (hamstring), Squillaci (calf)

Bolton: Holden (doubt – match fitness after injury), Gardner (doubt - groin), Klasnic (suspended), Alonso (foot), Mears (leg), Lee (leg), Davis (knee), Ricketts (calf)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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