Gary Neville responds to speculation Luis Enrique could become next Arsenal manager

The Man United legend questions whether Luis Enrique would be the right choice for Arsenal boss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville has cast doubt on whether Luis Enrique would be the right choice to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The Gunners boss announced last week that he will stand down at the end of the season following a disappointing 2017-18 campaign.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the north London side finished the season unbeaten.

The Gunners haven’t reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010 and Arsenal have failed to qualify for the competition in the last two seasons.

Wenger has won the FA Cup three times in the last four seasons to add to his trophy haul but there is no doubt Arsenal have regressed under the Frenchman in recent seasons.

Former FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has been linked with the Arsenal job after the retired midfielder led the Catalan side to two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and the Champions League.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville is unsure whether Enrique would be the right choice to succeed Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

“Luis Enrique is the favourite, and I’m asking the question, looking at it from a football point of view, who is the right person to take over at Arsenal?” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Luis Enrique has been successful, but we discussed in the studio how good an opportunity is at Arsenal. What exactly is that opportunity?

“Is the opportunity to get Arsenal back into the Champions League? Or is the opportunity to get Arsenal to win the Premier League?

“If it is the latter, one of two things has to happen. They have to have a manager who can punch above his weight, and the second thing that can happen is Arsenal’s board start to match the spending of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, but that isn’t likely.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time under Wenger.

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