Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger jabs at old foe Gary Neville over nightmare Valencia spell

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at former adversary Gary Neville by claiming that he is paying the price for his inexperience, the Daily Mirror reports.

Neville is still looking for his first win in the league since taking over the reigns of the Spanish giants and is facing extra criticism if his side fail to bounce back from a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Barcelona with a positive result against Real Betis this weekend.

And Wenger believes that Neville, as well as Pep Guardiola, missed out on crucial parts of their managerial educations by being fast tracked into big jobs.

“I believe that most of the time the reputation of a big player gets you a big club early,” he said.

“You gain a few years. You do not start at Fleetwood. When you are Pep Guardiola you start at Barcelona.

“When you are not a big name you have first to battle. That is a disadvantage because you do not start as high. But, on the other hand, you learn your job.

“I believe experience plays a big part when you don’t start well. When you have a difficult start you have no credibility through your history because you haven’t shown you can do it.

“So it becomes more difficult when you have a bad start. At some stage, if you have a good team, they always find their way. I think Valencia will get out of it.”

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