On Sky Sports’ Monday night football, Gary Neville accused Wenger of being “arrogant or naive” over his inability to replace Patrick Vieira adequately.
Wenger did not single out Neville by name, but voiced his distaste for pundits who he perceived to be doing a lack of preparation.
It is clear that Monday’s criticism stung Wenger, whose side have taken four points for their opening three Premier League matches, scoring two goals in the process. One of those was an own goal.
“You know in football you have to accept that anybody can be right,’ said Wenger. “The only thing I want is that when people have opinions, it is documented and worked out before, especially when it is football specialists.
“I accept you can be right and I can be wrong. But what you do not want is just an opinion that comes out just because you feel like that. I watch sometimes, the guy doesn’t talk about the game — he tells you his life and what he thinks about football. At the end, I don’t know the players who have played on the pitch because the guys don’t comment on the game.
Wenger conceded that criticism from television pundits did make his job more difficult, and called on them to spend their retirement spreading their love for the game rather than picking fault with others.
“What is a concern is that it puts pressure on players,” Wenger said. “People who have been in the game, I love that they go on television, but what I would like is for them to help people to love football even more.”
Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime, with Wenger knowing that only a victory will help to ease the pressure on his side.