The Arsenal boss has created a culture of commitment and togetherness on the club, whereby victories are celebrated together and the responsibility that comes with defeats shouldered by your entire squad too. Little by little, he has eradicated any sign of toxicity from the squad — exiling Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi since taking charge.
And while Neves is a improbable footballer, such comments may point to an area of his character which can not align with the culture Arteta is breeding on the club. The final thing the 39-year-old wants is to spend £40million or more on a player who could pose a danger to the squad’s encouraging chemistry and harmony.
Clubs scout players extensively in the fashionable era to make sure they’re fit for the club, not only on the pitch or of their formation, but by way of social dynamics and of their . There may be nothing to suggest Neves wouldn’t slot in, but his outspoken nature has already come to the surface once — and Arteta could also be wary of moving forward if it means sacrificing all the pieces he has built on the club since 2019.