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Gary Neville Gets It Bang On About A Major New Issue Arsenal Are Facing

Gary Neville Gets It Bang On About A Major New Issue Arsenal Are Facing
By PJ Browne Updated

Arsenal and Man Utd play at the Emirates this afternoon in a fixture which was once of major significance, two teams fighting at the top of the Premier League.

That is not the case today. It's now about two teams with faint hopes of finishing in the top four.

Ahead of the game, Sky Sports broadcast an interview by Thierry Henry with Arsene Wenger.

Reacting to the interview, Gary Neville laid out one of Arsenal's major issues. Over recent seasons, a lack of steel has been their major problem.

According to Neville, that is not a lone problem anymore. Whereas once they played the best football in the Premier League, that is no longer an attribute of Arsene Wenger's side.

Arsenal for me have always been the best football team in the league. They're not now, but they've always been the best football team. Resilience and robustness left them ten years ago, that's gone in terms of the characters and personality in the squad.

To expect them to outfight teams, we shouldn't expect that anymore but they're always outfootballed teams. It's impossible now for the Arsenal defenders to get the ball through midfield and play combinations.

That was their last stand. Their last stand was the football; the combinations around the box, the inventive, creative play, that's gone as well. They are no longer the best team in the league. I could name three or four: Liverpool are better, Tottenham are better, Man City are better at combinations in and around the box.

Arsenal now have no resilience, no robustness, personality and character are weak and their football is now fourth or fifth best in the league. It was always number one, even when they didn't have the robustness and resilience.

For me, he's got a problem there that he's got to resolve: adding the robustness and resilience and getting some football back and confidence.


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