Arsenal are entering a new era following the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, who waved goodbye to the north London side after 22 years of dedicated service on Sunday.
The Gunners are now eyeing a successor to their legendary boss and have had a number of names linked with the vacancy at the Emirates Stadium, including Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, New York City FC’s Patrick Vieira and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal reportedly want a new manager in place before the World Cup begins on June 14th but they’ve been accused of making a ‘right mess’ in their search for Wenger’s successor by Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former defender said:
“I’m shocked at the process that has gone on since (the announcement). To be fair, we should all celebrate Arsene Wenger and say thank you very much, but Arsenal are making a right mess of what’s gone on since. They’re all over the place.”
“If you look at Arsenal and you talk about Luis Enrique, they found out he wanted too much money. What, they found out after they approached him he wanted too much money?”
“These things should be done. I don’t know the hierarchy at Arsenal in terms of who deals with it now, but to me it seems to me they’ve not dealt with it particularly well. They should have their guy lined up ready to go. To me it’s a mess since he said he’s going.”