Neville: Arsenal could become consumed by negativity

Date published: Wednesday 30th August 2017 11:35

Gary Neville admits he is “sad” at Arsenal’s current plight with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez all potentially leaving this transfer window.

The Gunners are struggling to tie players down to long-term contracts with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all inside the last 12 months of their existing deals.

Arsene Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal to remain at the club at the end of last season, is already under pressure after Arsenal lost two of their opening three Premier League matches.

And former Manchester United defender Neville is worried that the club will become “consumed by negativity” and that it could transfer to performances on the pitch.

“After Sunday, a lot of eyes will be on Arsenal,” Neville told Sky Sports. “If they were to lose two or three players without replacing them then they could be overwhelmed with negativity at the club.

“I saw it a lot last season and didn’t enjoy it. Now they’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shkodran Mustafi and potentially Alexis Sanchez leaving.

“Arsenal’s transfer window could be more defined by what they lose rather than what they sign. From Arsenal’s point of view, I’m a little bit sad because I didn’t want them to be a story and I wanted the questions about Wenger to fade away because they are a great club and he is a great manager.

“I’m concerned that if the business isn’t good then they could be consumed by negativity.”

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