Gary Nrville is one of the most annoying pundits on television. Possibly only rivalled possibly by his Monday Night buddy Mr Carragher. Chief among this corner’s gripes with the former full back is his seemingly unending propensity to criticise those currently playing for and running Manchester United. If he’s that concerned about where the club is going, why doesn’t he put his money where his mouth is and take on a role at the club.
Apart from the fact that, in my view, he was only slightly above average as a player and just very fortunate to fall into the greatest team ever to grace the Premiership. That’s meant in terms of longevity of excellence in case Arsenal fans think The Invincibles have been overlooked here.
Not a chance of that. During that unforgettable campaign, Arsene Wenger’s team played some of the best association football the one seeing eye has encountered. Understandable given that they had some of the best players in the world at the time to call on.
Just think of some of the names: Seaman; Dixon, Bould, Adams, Winterburn; Petit, Overmars, Bergkamp, Henry. To compare that golden era to where The Gunners find themselves now seems almost cruel. Yet it is the only reality to be arrived at.
However, to be fair to Mikel Arteta, he has done well to restore Arsenal to where they currently reside compared to their diminished state under Unai Emery. Yet recently an issue has raised its head which, if not dealt with, could derail whatever progress has been achieved.
That being an obviously impetuous and disgruntled Captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Whatever about his punditry at times, Mystic Nev appears to have been on the money regarding the out of favour forward becoming a problem for an already under pressure Arteta.
This writer was furnished with what was supposedly genuine information regarding the ‘sitter’ the striker missed against Everton which would merely second Neville’s contention that his current employers would be best advised to take the financial hit on the No. 14.
If, as seems to be the case, it turns out to be a personal feud between player and manager, the only foreseeable outcome is a parting of the ways. On the other hand, if it turns out the player’s obstinance is a recurring theme, potential suitors may think twice.