Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has stepped in to defend Unai Emery after former England manager, Sam Allardyce criticised the Spaniard for forcing Arsenal to play from the back.
Unai Emery’s men were beaten in their two opening matches of the Premier League season, losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City before being beaten by Chelsea in a 3-2 thriller at Stamford Bridge.
Emery was on the receiving end of criticism after the defeat to City.
Speaking after the match, Allardyce told talkSPORT, “It is the manager’s fault.
“Don’t ask somebody to do against Man City what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t play out like that against Manchester City.
“What do Manchester City do? They press, press, press so why do you try and play out when they press, press, press?
“Even the Arsenal crowd cheered when he [Cech] dropped one in the opposition’s half.
“We are getting obsessed with this stupid ‘let’s play out from the back, split the centre halves either side of the 18-yard box and go and play from there.’
“it’s utter rubbish to play like that all of the time.
“When you’re the best at it [like City] then you can do it.”
Neville, however, directly hit back at Allardyce on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, saying that Emery was trying to build a title-winning team.
“He’s only five to six weeks in. I saw Sam Allardyce’s comments last week on the radio after the first game.
“He talked about ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that.’
“Unai Emery’s not trying to get eight points from five games to avoid relegation.
“He’s trying to build a team to win a title. He’s trying to build a team in the style to win a title. Not lump it long and get in behind them.”