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25th Aug 2015

Arsene Wenger responds with class to Gary Neville’s claims he is arrogant


Thierry Henry calls it confidence. Gary Neville calls it arrogance.

Arsene Wenger kept above the whole debate.

There was quite a heated discussion on Sky Sports Monday Night Football about the Arsenal manager’s love of centre midfielders…too many centre midfielders.

Manchester United v Arsenal - FA Cup Quarter Final

Gary Neville blasted the Frenchman for trying to fit square pegs into round holes, at the detriment of his side.

“It’s the one big black mark I’ve got against Arsene Wenger in the last 10 years,” Neville began.

“It’s arrogance to think you can adapt your team to change to other team’s strengths. I believe it’s arrogance, why he (Wenger) won’t buy players of power to accompany his big players.”


Henry chimed in to defend the Gunners boss, stating that Wenger is simply confident in his tactics, and players. But Neville didn’t agree.

“It’s either arrogance or naivety,” he proclaimed.

Following his team’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool, Wenger was asked about Neville’s comments.

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

He responded: “Look, I don’t know what that has to do with arrogance.

“You find all kind of attributes for me since I’ve been here. I try just to do my job well for 20 years. I leave judgement to everybody else, the assessment of the quality of my work.

“When you don’t win, you’re wrong and people find reasons. Are they good reasons? I have enough experience to know when it’s right and when it’s wrong.”

Wenger added: “Everybody has his opinion. I could prove to you that it’s not necessarily right.”