Gary Neville responds to Sam Allardyce’s criticism of Arsenal boss

The Man United legend defends Arsenal boss Unai Emery after Sam Allardyce's criticism

Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville has jumped to the defence of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery in the wake of negative comments from Sam Allardyce.

Arsenal have lost their opening two games of the new Premier League season to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively and now face a crunch game against West Ham United on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s champions comfortably beat Emery’s men 2-0 at The Emirates earlier in August, before Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea FC secured a 3-2 win against them at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

In the wake of their opening defeat, former England manager Sam Allardyce criticised the new Arsenal FC manager for his tactics.

Allardyce told talkSport: “It is the manager’s fault. Don’t ask somebody to do against Man City what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t play out like that against Manchester City.”

Former Manchester United defender Neville responded to those comments on Monday Night during Sky Sports’ coverage of Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Neville told Sky Sports: “If he starts to work on one idea of playing out from the back, but then says knock it long, you start to get confusion in players’ minds.

“I saw Sam Allardyce’s comments on the radio, but Unai Emery is not trying to get eight points from five games to avoid relegation.

“He’s trying to build a team to win the title. The last thing he should do, in my experience, which was a bad one, is change and adapt because his players will walk all over him.”

Arsenal will be expected to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United this weekend, who have also lost back to back games at the start of the season, most recently succumbing to a 2-1 home defeat against Bournemouth FC.

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