October 11, 2022
Neville turns back in top four amid ‘pressure and expectation’ on Arteta’s Arsenal

Gary Neville believes Arsenal will finish in the top four even with the ‘pressure and expectation’ now on Mikel Arteta’s side.

The Gunners are in great form at the moment having won five Premier League games in a row.

They beat Leicester City 2-0 on Sunday to move back into the top four. It came after Man Utd got the better of Spurs at Old Trafford.

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Arsenal are now a point and a place ahead of fifth-placed Man Utd. Arteta’s side still have three games in hand against United.

Ralf Rangnick’s men will travel to take on Arsenal at the Emirates on April 23 in what could be a decisive game in the race for the top four.

Earlier this month, Neville suggested Man Utd could still make the top four:

“I still think United could do it.

“I just don’t fully trust Arsenal. It would be great for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal if they did these young players, it would be fantastic.

“But I think they still have big games to play. I think Manchester United still have to go to Arsenal as well, there’s still a long way to go and United could still do that.

During Sky Sports’ coverage of Crystal Palace vs Man City for Monday Night Football, Neville confirmed he had a change of heart:

“The reason I said about a week ago that you can’t trust Arsenal completely is because they haven’t delivered yet,” Neville said on Sky Sports (via The boot room).

“The pressure now, I think, is on them in the sense that they are now expected to finish fourth. I think they will finish fourth.

“But they have Liverpool on Wednesday night, Aston Villa away on Saturday. They still have Tottenham to come, Manchester United to play. Manchester United also have tough games.

“But now they have to go on and prove that we can trust them and they can go and deliver Champions League football that was against all odds at the start of the season.”


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