By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger is determined to prove his team’s detractors wrong, starting against Liverpool on Sunday.

This week both Rio Ferdinand and Harry Redknapp have questioned Arsenal’s title credentials but Wenger is not concerned.

With no Manchester United game this weekend and Chelsea playing on Monday, a win against Liverpool would see the Gunners move to within five points of the Premier League summit. And, speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash, the manager put the two points dropped at Middlesbrough into perspective.

“Let them talk and [we will] play and show them that they are wrong,” said Wenger. “They can talk as long as they want.

“For example last weekend we played Middlesbrough away, Liverpool played at home against Hull, Chelsea played at home against West Ham but when we made a draw it was a disaster.

“But at the end of the day Man United played a draw at Tottenham, we played a draw at Boro, it was not as bad as you could expect it to be because we were the first to play.

“We were away from home and maybe we were the ones, more than the other three teams, that deserved to win.”

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19 Dec 2008