Neville: Wenger is either naive or arrogant

The Sky Sports pundit criticised the recent transfer policy of the Gunners boss and questioned the reasons behind his failure to sign a commanding midfielder

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has labelled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger "either naive or arrogant".

Neville criticised Wenger's failure to sign a replacement for former captain Patrick Vieira and believes the Gunners cannot win the Premier League title with their current crop of midfielders.

Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday night, Neville questioned the Frenchman's transfer policy as Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin began the match in the heart of midfield.

After highlighting the ability at Arsenal's disposal, the England assistant manager criticised Wenger’s use of midfielders, insisting the current crop would not land the Gunners their first league title since 2004.

“I think they are good players, Cazorla is fantastic to watch. But I'm talking about Arsenal winning the league,” Neville explained.

“Think about Fabregas or a Paul Scholes when we were playing, fantastic player. You've got to build people around him. Facilitate what maybe they can't do.

“To me it's arrogance. I think it's arrogance. I really do. To think that you are not going to adapt your team, to change to impact on the other teams that you're playing against and their strengths.

"It is either naive, or arrogance. Because they keep losing this way. Belief? It is misheld belief.

"We've talked about the likes of Vieira, Petit, Gilberto [Silva], [Martin] Keown, [Sol] Campbell, [Tony] Adams, all strong people," Neville continued.

"[It's] certainly not what I would call what you want to win you a league.

"The powerful characters, the strength you need running through your team whether it's a Blackburn team or a Manchester City team with Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany.

“The profile of players completely changed and the style has changed.”

The Arsenal boss responded to the scathing criticism following the goalless draw at the Emirates by disputing his transfer decisions had anything to do with pride and highlighted his several years experience in the sport.

“I don’t know what that has to do with arrogance. I try to do well in my job, that’s all I try to do. It’s up to other people to judge me," Wenger firmly said.

“Everybody has his opinion and is entitled to have an opinion. I could prove it’s not right but let’s not go into that debate tonight.

“I think I have enough experience and intelligence to know when it’s right or wrong."