Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has called on Arsenal to be more “aggressive” in the transfer market. The pundit had sympathy for the club but criticised their current approach to new signings (via YouTube).
Gary Neville has returned from his less-than-successful stint as manager of Valencia to his role as a pundit for Sky Sports and spoke about Arsenal on Monday night. The former right back spoke of Arsenal’s need for a change and how that could be implemented.
“The stimulant has to come from signings.” Neville told Sky Sports. “It has to come from a change in personnel within the pitch because the manager isn’t changing.
“I played at a club for 26 years and had the same manager and the stimulant came from within, we won trophies which kept us going, we had a change of coach every three or four years, in terms of second coach. But also there were players who stimulated the dressing room in terms of big players coming in every three or four years which kept everyone on their toes and reinvigorated everybody.”
Arsenal have signed just Granit Xhaka and youngster Rob Holding so far this summer and the fans’ frustration has grown in the aftermath of Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates. It was the third time in a row that Arsenal have lost the opening match of the season.
The former England coach also called on Arsenal’s recruitment policy to be a little more clinical. “I think the approach in the transfer market needs to be a little more aggressive and brutal.” The 41-year-old said.
“It’s full of sharks out there and I don’t think Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board like swimming with the sharks. I said it a few years ago, it’s a sad indictment of the game but you have to get in with them.”
It’s difficult to disagree with Neville who also argued that the club should stick with Wenger despite understanding the fan’s frustrations. He may not have been very successful as manager of Valencia but the former right back certainly knows what he is talking about.