Gary Neville makes claim about Arsenal under Arsene Wenger
The Man United legend believes Arsenal supporters shouldn't forget that Arsene Wenger has brought their most successful period
Gary Neville has reminded Arsenal supporters that the north London club has enjoyed their most successful period in the last 20 years under Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss announced his intention to stand down as manager at the end of the 2017-18 season ahead of their Europa League semi-final against La Liga giants Atletico Madrid next week.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger’s side managed to finish the season unbeaten to become the second club in top-flight history to complete the feat.
However, the Gunners have been in steady decline since their title win and Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time under Wenger last season after Liverpool FC pipped the north London side to fourth spot.
Arsenal could finish as low as seventh place in the Premier League table this season given Sean Dyche’s Burnley side are on the Gunners’ coattails with a place in the Europa League up for grabs.
Former Arsenal defender Neville was keen to remind the Gunners supporters of their success under Wenger over the past 22 years.
“The reality of it is, if you look back through Arsenal’s history, they have always gone long periods without league titles,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“This is the most successful period in Arsenal’s history, the last 20 years. They’ve got the best stadium in this country, and he has achieved great success through that.
“There have been far too many people in the last few years going too far on Arsene Wenger, to the point of disrespecting him. Yeah I accept a change was required, and towards the end it hasn’t been nice going to the Emirates over the last 12-18 months, seeing the fan protests and banners.
“But now is the time, in the next three or four weeks, home and away, for everyone to celebrate Arsene Wenger in the grounds he goes to, and to give him the respect he deserves not just what he’s done for Arsenal but for English football.”
Arsenal have beaten AC Milan and CSKA Moscow in the previous rounds of Europa League to set up a semi-final meeting with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.