Arsene Wenger hits back at Gary Neville's claims of 'arrogance'

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Arsene Wenger has hit back over criticism of his transfer policy from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

The former Manchester United defender was discussing Wenger's change in policy following the invincibles after the 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool, and said the Arsenal boss' decision not to sign 'players of power' in midfield was a 'black mark' on the last ten years of his Gunners reign.

The current England coach also went on to say that Arsenal could not win the league with a midfield pairing of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, and put Wenger's shift in transfer policy down to 'naivety or arrogance.'


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The criticism was put to Wenger, and as relayed by the Guardian, the French boss hit back, but did acknowledge his team have started averagely: “Look, I don’t know what that has to do with arrogance, I try just to do my job well for 20 years. I leave judgement to everybody else, the assessment of the quality of my work.

"Everybody is entitled to that opinion. I could prove to you that it’s not necessarily right but let’s not go into that debate tonight. When you don’t win, you’re wrong and people find reasons. Are they good reasons? I have enough experience to know when it’s right and when it’s wrong.

“We have started very average, I must concede, with four points after two home games and maybe we won the most difficult game away from home [at Crystal Palace]. And, at this moment, we have not scored [at home].”


For the fifth time in six games Arsenal have failed to score at home and the alarm bells must surely be ringing for everyone at the Emirates as another season teeters close to disaster in the early stages.

We are only three games in but the Gunners' performances against West Ham and Liverpool have not been the marks of potential champions.

While Olivier Giroud is a good striker he is not consistent enough to lead the line on a regular basis and Arsenal must sign a forward before the window ends.

They also need a midfielder in the mould of what Neville said, a Patrick Vieira-esque player who can take the game by the scruff of the neck with his pace and power.

There are not many players in that mould out there at this current moment in time, however Geoffrey Kondogbia's commanding display for Monaco at the Emirates last highlighted the kind of midfielder Arsenal are missing, but he has moved on to Inter Milan despite links with the Gunners.

Arsenal fans, just what is the problem with your team at the minute? How can it be resolved? Have your say below!

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