Jens Lehmann responds to Manchester United legend Gary Neville’s criticism of Arsenal

Jens Lehmann has responded to Gary Neville's criticism of Arsenal
Jens Lehmann has responded to Gary Neville’s criticism of Arsenal (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)

Jens Lehmann says he ‘didn’t like’ Gary Neville as an opponent but agrees with the Manchester United legend over his criticism of Arsenal.

Neville slammed a number of Arsenal players following their ’embarrassing’ defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool and suggested a rift is emerging between the squad and manager Mikel Arteta.

‘I was alarmed,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘We know Arsenal are inconsistent and in transition under Mikel Arteta.

‘But I have to say at half-time on Saturday I was really uncomfortable by what I saw. Usually at the end of the game I just leave, but I sat around for a few minutes with Martin Tyler and went, “what was that?”

‘I was really uncomfortable with what I saw. We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but I have to say I thought there was a few players in the front part of the pitch who looked like a little mafia.

‘It looked like there was a disconnect between them and the manager. The manager looked like he had enough of them.’

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Asked about Neville’s comments, former Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann said: ‘I didn’t like Gary Neville as an opponent on the pitch but I like his comments sometimes.

‘Obviously I always fancy Arsenal and watch them. This season, I don’t really get what they’re doing, it’s been disappointing.

‘There’s a lot of young players but for a lot of Arsenal fans this isn’t an excuse because they always need to compete for the top-four.

‘Where they are right now, Gary is probably right, something is missing. He’s right.

The Gunners were blown away by Liverpool
The Gunners were blown away by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘Sometimes as a player you listen to your manager and you expect something more. Sometimes as a manger you tell your players something and they just don’t do it.

‘Right now it’s not up to me to decide which one it is.’

Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on Saturday saw the Gunners slip to tenth in the Premier League, nine points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham.

Arteta’s side will attempt to salvage their season in the Europa League and face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals

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