Gary Neville uses Man United to make point about Arsenal
Gary Neville says Arsenal should embrace Arsene Wenger's loyalty to the north London club
Gary Neville has insisted that Arsenal should embrace the fact that they have been able to keep the same manager at the club for more than 20 years.
Arsene Wenger has found himself under fresh scrutiny in recent days following the humiliation of his team’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.
Wenger’s current Arsenal contract is due to expire in the summer and it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will still be at the club next season.
Manchester United have had three different permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
And former Red Devils defender Neville feels that Arsenal fans should cherish the fact that they have been able to keep the same man in charge for so long.
Speaking to ArsenalFanTV, Neville said: “Look at the other clubs who are currently below him in the league, who have spent more money and don’t get the same abuse.
“What Arsenal have got, and still do to this day – and you should never underestimate the power of this – is stability, support, loyalty, being a club that offers managers an opportunity for more than 12 months.
“All those qualities that I love Man United for. But when they sacked David Moyes after eight months, or let Louis van Gaal go, I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘They’re the wrong decisions’, but I loved the fact I could hold onto the loyalty, the stability, the fact that you have a traditional club, I actually respect Arsenal for that. Hold onto those things. Don’t wish it away!
“He’s a giant of the game. If he retired tomorrow, or something happened to him, there would probably be millions of people lining the streets for Arsene Wenger, and what he has achieved.”
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.