Gary Neville explains why Arsenal ‘have to’ finish in Premier League top four
Gary Neville believes Mikel Arteta will come under significant pressure if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
The Gunners were in pole position to finish in the top four at the end of the last campaign before buckling in the final weeks. Arteta has made big moves during the transfer window to strength his squad with the hope of going one better this time around.
And Neville believes the Spaniard needs to deliver on that investment, or he could end up looking over his shoulder come the end of May. "I think they do (need to finish top four), last season losing those matches at the end I think they lost six out of the last 12, they folded," Neville said on Friday Night Football.
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"I was at the Tottenham match and they got toyed with by a really experienced manager and team. Tottenham have strengthened enormously, City and Liverpool have strengthened so you’re talking probably one spot that they’re fighting for.
"That’s not how it might turn out but that’s how I see it. They’re up against Chelsea and Manchester United, they’ve got to win that race against those two otherwise Mikel Arteta will be under pressure.
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"The thing I still worry about with Arsenal is that there will be a pinch point in the season where they come under pressure, have they got the experience and the senior players to guide those young talented players through?"
Arsenal did their top four prospects the world of good with a blistering first half against Crystal Palace on Friday night. The Gunners flew out of the traps and almost took the lead after three minutes, only for Gabriel Martinelli to fire his effort wide of the goal.
But the Brazilian forward redeemed himself 20 minutes later, rising highest to power home Oleksandr Zinchenko's pull back to give Mikel Arteta's side a well-deserved lead.
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