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Gary Neville gives reasons why Arsenal MUST beat Manchester City at Etihad

Gary Neville has emphasised the significance of Arsenal securing a crucial victory away to Manchester City this weekend

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has emphasised the significance of Arsenal securing a crucial victory away to Manchester City this weekend to assert their dominance and enhance their chances of clinching their first league title in two decades.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side faces a daunting challenge as they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in pursuit of a landmark victory. Since Arteta’s appointment as manager in 2019, Arsenal have struggled to conquer City on their home turf, suffering defeat in all four of their previous Premier League encounters.

With the title race intensifying, a win for Arsenal would not only propel them four points clear of their rivals but also reinforce their position at the summit of the table. Conversely, a defeat could see City leapfrog Arsenal, adding further pressure in the race for the title, with Liverpool also in contention.

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Neville, speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, stressed the psychological importance of Arsenal claiming victory at the Etihad, asserting that it would not only boost their title aspirations but also send a strong message to their rivals. Drawing parallels with his own experiences as a player, Neville emphasized the significance of unsettling City and instilling belief in Arsenal’s capabilities.

“The reason I believe Arsenal need to go to Manchester City and win is because Arsenal have to go to other grounds – Old Trafford, Tottenham. To really change the psyche of this Manchester City team, you’ve got to damage them yourself and make them believe you’re better than them.

“They’ve got to leave as winners. That’s not to say a draw is not a respectable result at the Etihad but Manchester City don’t tend to make mistakes.”

Reflecting on City’s formidable form in the latter stages of previous seasons, Neville highlighted the formidable challenge posed by Pep Guardiola’s side. However, he expressed confidence in Arsenal’s growing stature and their ability to challenge the reigning champions.

With three teams separated by a single point after 28 games, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the season reminiscent of the dramatic title race in 2014. 

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