Gary Neville calls Arsenal defenders Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Sokratis 'uncoachable'

Gary Neville has branded Arsenal defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and David Luiz as ‘uncoachable’ following Unai Emery’s sacking. 

The former defender also criticised the Gunners over their recruitment policy. 

“A man has lost his coaching role today,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“It has been messy, let’s be clear about this, these defenders like [Shkodran] Mustafi, Sokratis and [David] Luiz are uncoachable.

“I don’t know who has been responsible for recruitment over the last few years, but if I was on the board at Arsenal I would be giving them a right rocketing.” 

The ex-Manchester United man also defended Emery, suggesting that some of Arsenal’s ‘hideous’ defending was out of the manager’s control.

“There’s no way Emery is telling Luiz to step up two, three times to catch a player offside, or even some of the hideous things you see from other defenders,” he continued.

“You see what happened with [Granit] Xhaka the other week, Emery is a man of honour and this runs far deeper than just the coach. 

“He might be feeling quite happy to leave behind what is quite simply an average bunch of players.”

GIVEMESPORT’s Ollie Browning says: 

That’s a pretty brutal assessment from Gary Neville, but I find it hard to argue with him – especially when it comes to Luiz.

He’s shown time and time again throughout his career that he’s just a liability at the back – yes, he scores the odd goal going forward, but that shouldn’t be his main priority.

Just look at some of his mistakes against teams like Liverpool and Tottenham this season, which Neville has highlighted as ‘hideous’. 

Granted, Mustafi and Sokratis aren’t quite as bad. I wouldn’t call them ‘uncoachable’ – but they certainly are erratic and prone to errors.

Did Emery leave behind an average bunch of players at Arsenal? Absolutely. Good luck, Freddie Ljungberg.  

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