Gary Neville blasts Arsene Wenger after Liverpool stalemate

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Arsene Wenger's failure to replace Patrick Vieira ten years ago was 'naive and arrogant', according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. 

The former Manchester United defender was speaking before Arsenal's goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday evening, where the Gunners failed to win at home for the second game in succession. 

Another poor result has dulled any early talk of a title challenge, and Neville has pinpointed Wenger's inability to replace Vieira as a key reason why they are yet to win a Premier League title since 2004.


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Much is made of Arsenal's fancy work on the ball, with the impressive flair players they possess, but their lack of a powerhouse in midfield means they are trailing their title rivals in terms of strength and muscle. 

"I think it's arrogance, I really do," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

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"To think that you are not going to adapt your team, to change to impact on the other teams that you’re playing against and their strengths.

"It is either naive or arrogance, because they keep losing this way. If it is belief, it is misheld belief.

"I just cannot get my head around why he would not sign players of power to assist these talented players that you’ve got to enable them to win the league."

Chelsea relied heavily on Nemanja Matic last term as they coasted to the title, with Manchester City dependable of Yaya Toure the season before. 

United's best years came with Roy Keane in the side, whilst Arsenal's last three title wins were achieved with Emmanuel Petit and Viera regularly selected.

"Think about a Cesc Fabregas or a Paul Scholes when we were playing, fantastic players," Neville continued.

'You’ve got to build people around him. Facilitate what maybe they can’t do. Mourinho puts Matic or Ramires alongside Fabregas."

Neville completed his astonishing rant by highlighting the players brought in by Wenger between the years of 2004 and 2009. 

Jose Antonio Reyes, Andrey Arshavin, Alexandr Hleb and Eduardo were amongst the names with the absence of a midfield bruiser astounding the former United captain. 

"All of a sudden the most significant signings between 2004-09; I can't think of a word to describe that bunch - I could but it wouldn't be usable on television.

"Certainly not what I would call what you want to win you a league."

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