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Wenger points critics to record books
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his record at the club after more speculation over the Frenchman’s future in north London.

Wenger was speaking after his side’s 3-1 Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, a match in which the Gunners had to come from a goal down to defeat the League Two side.

With Arsenal off to their worse league start in over 50 years, queries over the 61-year-old’s future have been rife in recent weeks.

But the Frenchman staunchly defended his record at the helm when quizzed whether the speculation was unfair.

“I have just managed 14 years at this club and I have kept them 14 years in the Champions League and I wish it lasts another 14 years,” Wenger said.

“I’ve just completed 32 years of coaching – I don’t want to answer this kind of question.”

“Whether I work here for the next 10 years for the club or the next day I will give my maximum for the club let others assess the situation.”

“I focus on doing well for the club. And I must tell you something: I’m not bothered at all by all this speculation – at all.”

“I am completely focused on doing well. I can understand that people are unhappy and criticise but you know as well as I know people are very quick to go overboard.”

“I accept critics and I do not say it doesn’t matter that people criticise us. I prefer it like anybody else when they say I am good. But you cannot complain when you lose a game and you are criticised.”

“When we do well we take all the plaudits so we have to take as well all the blame when it doesn’t go as well.”

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