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Gary Neville shifts stance on Arsenal title chances following win over Liverpool

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has revised his earlier prediction regarding Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title

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Gary Neville has revised his opinion on Arsenal chances of winning the Premier League after their recent 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

The former Manchester United defender, who previously backed Mikel Arteta’s side for the title, now expresses doubt about the Gunners’ conviction to go all the way.

Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, questioned the demeanor of the Arsenal players, suggesting that their post-match celebrations indicated relief rather than the confidence of a title-winning team. Despite narrowing the gap to just two points behind league leaders Liverpool, Neville believes Arsenal’s jubilant reactions were more about staying in the title race than asserting themselves as contenders.

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Following an intense match at the Emirates, which saw Bukayo Saka, Gabriel, and Leandro Trossard on the scoresheet for Arsenal, Neville observed that the team’s celebrations lacked the ruthlessness associated with genuine title contenders. He pointed out Arsenal’s occasional lapses in the final third compared to Liverpool’s more clinical approach.

Neville remarked, “The celebrations at the end, I don’t think were of a team that thought they were going to go on and win the title. I think they were of a team that didn’t want to be out of a title race, and that was the relief that we saw at the end.”

Despite previously endorsing Arsenal as potential champions at the start of the season, Neville now highlights concerns about the team’s killer instinct in the decisive moments of matches. He specifically cited Liverpool’s attacking threats, emphasising the firepower of players like Jota, Salah, Gakpo, and Diaz, which he believes could pose a challenge for Arsenal in the latter part of the season.

Neville added, “For me, with the celebrations, I’ve gone past the idea of having a go at teams for celebrating. I just still think there’s a little bit of immaturity in their celebrations. Which means, to me, it felt like relief that they weren’t eight points behind.”

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