Defensive Arsene Wenger snaps at critics, admits what bores him about being Arsenal manager

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The Gunners boss says he is "bored" of having to justify his position as manager after nearly two decades in the job.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at critics who question whether he is still up to the task of leading the club, and insists he is "bored" by continually having to justify his position, as quoted by the Guardian.

The Frenchman will have been in charge of the North London club for 20 years in September, but in recent years he has faced increasing criticism and doubts as to whether he is still the right man for the job.

Under Wenger, Arsenal have not won a Premier League title for 12 years, and though the club's trophy drought since their last championship triumph was ended by back-to-back FA Cup victories in 2014 and 2015, the 66-year-old is facing mounting scrutiny as his side risk throwing away a strong title challenge.

A defensive Wenger bit back at his detractors and insisted to reporters that questions about his future were boring and unhelpful.

He said, as quoted by the Guardian: "Look, I have worked here for 19 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job. I have no problem to cope with everything but I find that a bit boring in the end.

"I always have to convince you that I am good enough. I worked for 35 years at the top level. What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face [the question]: ‘Do you think you are good enough?’

"I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes and, believe me, I do that. After that there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time. I work seven days a week with full commitment. That’s all I can do."

As successful as he has been in his two decades at the Gunners, and as defensive as he might get about increased scrutiny, it is perhaps no wonder that the questions about Wenger's future are beginning to get louder.

Arsenal head into Tuesday night's FA Cup fifth round replay with Hull City on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them win only three of their last 12 matches, and not experience victory at all in any of their last five.

That streak has seen their title challenge falter, with the club now eight points behind Leicester City, and move to the brink of European elimination with a home first-leg Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

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