Arsenal star: Man United legend’s criticism doesn’t affect me

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that he is full of respect for former Manchester United defender Gary Neville

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that he has not been affected by Gary Neville’s recent criticism of Arsenal and insists there is a feeling of respect towards the former Manchester United defender from the Gunners.

Neville recently branded Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as either “naive or arrogant” during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the Gunners’ goalless draw with Liverpool last month.

The former defender balances his media duties with his role as part of Roy Hodgson’s England staff, prompting suggestions that his comments could cause a rift between him and the Arsenal players in the Three Lions squad.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that he fully respects Neville’s views and played down suggestions of there being any problem between him and the players.

Oxlade-Chamberlain told a news conference on Thursday: “He’s brilliant the way he explains things and I think he is very respectful when he says what teams need to do better and what players need to do better in a game.

“It’s credit to him because, obviously, it could be a tricky situation where he’s talking about our games on TV and then he comes to work with England. But he seems to manage to do it without any of us holding a grudge against him. He hasn’t upset me yet!

“I’ve recorded games before because I quite like to hear what Gary has to say. I do believe he knows what he’s talking about.

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“If I’ve had a bad game, I know I’ve had a bad game and I don’t mind hearing it. I’ve had 15 years of hearing it from my dad! I’m the first one to have a go at myself and then it’s my dad, so if Gary wants to join in, then it’s fine.”

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table after taking seven points from their opening four games.

The Gunners return to action with a home clash against Stoke City after the international break on 12 September.

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