Gary Neville delivers blunt verdict on Arsenal under Arsene Wenger
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Arsene Wenger has allowed his standards to slip at Arsenal
Gary Neville believes Arsene Wenger has allowed his standards to slip at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss hasn’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger was able to call upon club legends such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons to pacify some Gunners supporters but the north London side lost 4-2 to Nottingham Forest in the competition last month.
The Gunners missed out on a Champions League spot last term following a fifth-placed finish behind Liverpool FC in the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Arsenal are in sixth spot in the table and 10 points adrift of defending Premier League champions Chelsea FC, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
The north London side were presented with the opportunity to secure some silverware in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
However, Manchester City eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over Arsenal at the home of English football last term following goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Wenger’s standards have been allowed to slip at the north London club.
“I’m finding it difficult to take because it’s a wonderful football club with a great history and tradition, but at the moment they’re in decline in terms of their performance levels and their standards,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“The standard of an Arsene Wenger team is slipping, because in my mind I think of it initially in the first 10 years as being a strong, powerful, aggressive, counter-attacking team, but could also play good football.
“In the middle part, it was wonderful combinations of football. Now, I’ve not seen anything. I’ve not seen power, counter-attacking or wonderful combinations of football and that’s really difficult to take.”
Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.