Gary Neville blasts Arsenal stars and brands player recruitment at club ‘bewildering’

Arsenal defenders David Luiz and Sokratis speak during a game
Neville thinks Arsenal’s defence is a shambles (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville insists any manager considering taking over at Arsenal will be concerned by the players already at the club.

Arsenal are considering a host of names including Mikel Arteta and Nuno Espirito Santo, but Neville reiterated his point that he believes the current crop of players at the Emirates are uncoachable.

Asked if a top coach would be attracted to the full-time position at Arsenal, Neville blasted the club’s recruitment in recent years.

‘The players in that dressing room are very unattractive. I called them uncoachable a few weeks ago,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

Football pundit Gary Neville speaks into a Sky Sports mic
Neville is not a fan of Arsenal’s squad (Picture: Rex Features)

‘I wouldn’t know where to start with them. Defensively they’re a shambles. Midfield, not good enough.

‘The forwards show promise and they do score goals. I never feel like they work collectively together.

‘I always feel they’re looking at the game individually. I never look at them and see that they’re trying to combine or press as a team.

‘They do [work together] at times, because of course they’re quality players. But for me, I don’t see anything in them really.

‘I really struggle with that group of players. I’m not sure who is in charge of recruitment at Arsenal, but the club itself is a great club.

‘I love the club and it will come back. It still should be attractive.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with Mesut Ozil after a goal for Arsenal
The win against West Ham was Arsenal’s first in nine games (Picture: Getty)

‘But they’re going to have to redesign where they’re going with recruitment. The recruitment in the last few years has been bewildering.’

Freddie Ljungberg has been tasked with overseeing proceedings at Arsenal while the search continues for a new head coach.

The sacking of Unai Emery is yet to yield an upturn in results, with the win over West Ham on Monday the first of Ljungberg’s reign.

Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday, with the Sky Blues reeling from falling 17 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

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