Wenger took exception to Scholes' claim that midfielder Jack Wilshere, 22, has "not improved since he was 17".
He said: "You cannot say that. Jack Wilshere is an exceptional player for me who has been handicapped by many injuries.
"Once Jack is back and consistently on the pitch, he will prove everybody wrong about that because he is an exceptional player - and Scholes knows that as well."
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