After Gary Neville publically criticised our manager in front of millions of viewers, there is a slight disappointment among fans that Thierry Henry didn’t defend his mentor.
However, fear not, Lee Dixon and Ian Wright have risen to defend Arsene Wenger with the latter particularly objecting to Neville’s claims that Wenger has been “arrogant” over the past decade.
Wright told BreatheSport that the issue wasn’t the overconfidence from the coach, rather it’s the fact that he’s shown too much faith in players not at the level required to challenge for the Premier League.
“I do not think the word arrogance is accurate in reference to Arsene, it is more blind faith in the players he has at his disposal,” our legendary striker was quoted as saying.
Dixon instead aimed to focus on Manchester United and the fact that there could be an argument to suggest that they too have failed to replace one of their legendary players.
It might be also true that Man Utd have never replaced Keane? Why not?
— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) August 25, 2015
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As admirable as it is to see former players stand up for Wenger, the basis of Neville’s argument is something few can argue with.
We had a winning formula which Wenger himself created, building a team full of powerful players capable of bullying teams while also playing good football. However, our teams have visibly become shorter and lighter over the years, something that cannot simply be put down to pure coincidence.
With no title challenge forthcoming this campaign, we should be prepared to hear the persistent criticism of our squad come to the fore once again.