Manchester United legend Gary Neville has sensationally claimed that Arsene Wenger’s arrogance is to blame for Arsenal’s Premier League title drought.
The Gunners have not won the English championship since 2003-04, and Neville, an eight-time Premier League winner himself, thinks that is because of Wenger’s transfer policy.
The former England international, now a celebrated pundit, feels that the Frenchman has signed too many ball-players and not a midfield warrior in the Patrick Vieira mould.
“I think they are good players, (Santi) Cazorla is fantastic to watch. But I’m talking about Arsenal winning the league,” Neville told Sky Sports prior to Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool this evening.
“Think about (Cesc) Fabregas or a Paul Scholes when we were playing, fantastic player. You’ve got to build people around him. Facilitate what maybe they can’t do.
“To me it’s arrogance. I think it’s arrogance. I really do. 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.”
Arsenal have only won two major trophies – successive FA Cup triumphs – since Vieira left for Juventus in 2005. The Frenchman helped the Londoners to three league titles in seven years.
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