Gary Neville delivers honest verdict on Arsenal after Liverpool loss
Gary Neville has his say on Arsenal after their opening-weekend defeat by Liverpool
Gary Neville believes that Arsenal need to be more aggressive in the transfer market but does not want to see Arsene Wenger leave the club.
The Arsenal manager has found himself under intense pressure after watching his side slump to a 4-3 loss to Liverpool in their opening Premier League game of the season on Sunday afternoon.
Wenger has faced plenty of criticism in recent years for failing to guide the Gunners to the Premier League title.
The north London club were tipped by many to win the league last term but they finished second in the table and 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger will react to his side’s opening day defeat by Liverpool and bring in reinforcements in the summer transfer window.
However, former Manchester United defender Neville believes that Wenger should be given more credit for the stability he has brought to Arsenal.
“It’s a shame in some ways that we talk like this because what we’re saying really is that what we want is a change of managers and for them to spend £150m,” said Neville, speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“”If Jurgen Klopp gets top four this year he’s done really well. We were saying it about Louis van Gaal last year, if he gets top four he’s done really well. Antonio Conte this year, if he gets top four he’s probably done really well.
“And yet Arsene Wenger gets top four and we seem to be bored with him doing well.
“You can can go and spend £150m like Liverpool have, like United have in recent years and like Chelsea have, and finish eighth, fifth and 10th.
“My view is that it’s a shame that continuity and stability is seen as being boring.
“People want lots of signings, [they want] to see £150m spent and the manager change. The stimulant [for the fans] has to come from signings and a change of personnel on the pitch.
“I don’t advocate the idea of Arsenal losing Arsene Wenger, I just think that their approach in the transfer market has to be a bit more aggressive.
“It’s full of sharks out there and I don’t think Wenger and the Arsenal board like swimming with the sharks. It’s a sad indictment on the game, but you have to get in with them.”
Arsenal travel to Leicester City for their next Premier League game this weekend.