Full Screen Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad Read More PLAY Top articles by Metro Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 Pablo Mari impressed on his debut (Picture: Getty)Arsenal new boy Pablo Mari admits he was ‘happy’ with his performance on his full debut for the club in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.The Spaniard joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January and was making his first appearance for the club as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis sealed Arsenal’s path through to the next round.Mikel Arteta was certainly pleased with Mari’s performance and praised the 26-year-old after the win at Fratton Park. Comment Read More Mari was making his full debut (Picture: Getty)‘He is very vocal and very comfortable on the ball, always commanding the back four and he looked like he’s played here for months. I think we have a good player,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth / 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 6:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Coming Next Read More And Mari was equally satisfied with his own display, admitting he was ‘happy’ with his full debut in a post on Instagram.‘On to the next round of the #EmiratesFACup. Happy with the win and my debut for @arsenal,’ said Mari.‘Huge team effort and great support from our fans! Let’s go Gunners!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal now await their opponents for the next round before Arteta’s attention turns back to the Premier League.The Gunners host West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday in full knowledge that their league position will determine whether they qualify for the Champions League next season.A shock 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos last Thursday ended Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Europa League, which was a second viable way of returning to the Champions League.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Shay Given sends warning to Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Dean Henderson SPONSORED Video Settings 1 min. story
The Gunners have established a four-point lead at the summit of the table and are viewed by bookmakers as second favourites behind Manchester City to reclaim a crown they last seized in 2004. Hansen and Shearer are among those who suspect they will be unable to maintain their challenge and while Wenger listens to such views, he dismisses them if they are unsupported by facts. Arsene Wenger shrugs off claims by Match of the Day pundits Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer that Arsenal will fail to win this season’s Barclays Premier League title. Press Association “If we didn’t win for eight years it’s because we weren’t good enough in the important moments of the season. “We have a good opportunity to show we’re good enough so let’s take it.” Wenger notes that now Arsenal are defying expectations by leading the title race, the focus of attention has drifted on their ability to cope with the psychological demands of being top. “What are changing are your minds, not ours. Until now I was never asked about the pressure because it was always thought it was an accident that we are top and it won’t last,” he said. “Now that it’s lasting a bit longer, people start to think ‘we have to consider them a bit more seriously’. “So now do we start to think is it pressure for us? No. We just continue to play well and that’s the pressure we have – the desire to play well. “We want to be where we are. You have a bit less to lose when you chase it, but we have been in both situations.” Arsenal are missing hamstring-injury victim Bacary Sagna for Wednesday night’s clash with Hull at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are playing three matches in nine days and Wenger hints that he will make changes to prevent his players from becoming fatigued during this busy period. “When you are in a position we are in, every game decides our future a little bit,” he said. “What is at stake is how can we bring the quality of our concentration and focus into every game. The more you play the more that is difficult. “That is why I try to rotate a little bit and keep that freshness in the team.” “Sometimes I watch it (Match of the Day), sometimes not,” Wenger said. “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. “I take anything from anybody. I just try to analyse whether he has a point or not. “Sometimes it’s just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something that makes sense. “If it’s something based on hate or love, or just gut feeling then I just say ‘OK, it’s an opinion – he might be right, he might be wrong’. “Often he doesn’t sustain his opinion by some work he has done to support that argument. “If you just say ‘Arsenal will win the championship or Arsenal won’t win the championship because they haven’t won it for eight years’, then I think it’s just an opinion. “When I arrived here people explained I couldn’t win the title as I’m foreign. Everybody has their own logic. I just think you win the title through your quality.