Gary Neville criticises Arsenal director

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Gary Neville has criticised comments from an Arsenal director about their transfer budget.

Arsenal have a bigger transfer budget than previously speculated, according to comments director Lord Harris made to The Mail

The 72-year-old claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has up to £200 million to spend and could buy any striker he wants, apart from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Arsenal have so far bought just goalkeeper Petr Cech for £10 million, and pressure on Wenger to spend is likely to grow after Lord Harris' comments.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes they are ill-judged, and place the manager and club in a poor negotiating position.

Neville told BreatheSport: "I just don't understand why any club would make this statement . " Like Buying a house and walking in saying I love it, want it and I'm rich."

Responding to a comment from Guardian journalist David Conn on Twitter that Lord Harris did not give his comments much thought, Neville responded, suggesting Arsene Wenger will not be happy regardless.

Lord Harris was suggesting Arsenal have the financial muscle to compete with the very biggest clubs in the transfer market, but Arsene Wenger is one of the shrewdest managers with money in the business.

He has spent big in recent summers on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but it remains to be seen if he will follow this up with another marquee addition for a third year in a row.

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