Gary Neville clarifies Wenger comments, singles out Arsenal's biggest problem

Arsene Wenger Waves

The Sky Sports pundit has been discussing the Gunners once again.

Gary Neville has clarified the comments he made about Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during broadcasting earlier this week, according to his regular column in the Daily Telegraph.

Indeed, the former Manchester United defender criticised the Frenchman but says he never meant for his remarks to be disrespectful.

He has, however, defended the premise of describing Wenger's methods as arrogant and naive.

Neville told the Telegraph: "The definition of insanity, they say, is making the same mistake over and over again. My point was that the one black mark over Arsene Wenger is the change in the profile of players he has signed. I used the phrase 'arrogant or naïve' - and the headlines that followed were all about arrogance.

"I was in no way trying to be disrespectful. It was more a statement of fact. If you refuse to change your ways - and those ways don’t take you to the top - naivety certainly comes into play."

And, on Arsenal generally, the Sky Sports pundit singled out the north London side's biggest weakness over the last 10 seasons - one that has cost them at the big stage on every occasion:

"In every one of the last 10 seasons Arsenal have finished either fourth or third. Those facts are pretty clear and suggest a lack of improvement. Arsenal have become a soft touch. They are easy to play against in the sense that they can be bullied, they can be worked over, knocked around the pitch."

This weekend, the north London side travel to Newcastle United and the feeling on Tyneside is that Steve McClaren's men could well earn a result against Arsenal.

Even if they ultimately fail, there has been no better opportunity in recent times, with the Gunners looking shaky against Arsenal and being completely nullified by West Ham United on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.

Interestingly, the north London outfit did do well on their travels at Crystal Palace and will be playing away again at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon.

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