Gary Neville believes Arsenal will win the Premier League title as a result of Man City’s mistake.
Gary Neville believes Arsenal will win the Premier League this season and is ‘encouraged’ by Manchester City’s slip-up on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s team were defeated 2-1 against Wolves, making it back-to-back defeats after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, the Gunners won 4-0 against AFC Bournemouth and are now just one point behind City after seven games.
Last season, Mikel Arteta’s team came agonizingly close to winning the Premier League for the first time since 2004. They led the table for 248 days, the most in English top-flight history for a club that failed to win the title.
City eventually triumphed, completing a historic triple, with Guardiola’s side now having won five of the last six Premier League titles.
‘I’ve got Arsenal to win the league this year,’ Neville says on his podcast.
‘What that would have taken out of those City players and staff, that post-treble feeling, would have been immense.
‘They may easily win the league this season, and while it is only one game, outcomes like that give the other clubs hope.
‘We know City have lost games and gone on extended winning streaks in the past, so we can’t write them off, but it will give Arsenal a lot of confidence.
‘Against Newcastle, Pep Guardiola took a serious team there, and against Wolves, they’re surrendering a goal or two, going behind in games, and they seem human.
‘It will be fascinating. Arsenal have a terrific chance this season if they keep their players fit.
‘I thought Arsenal responded well [against Bournemouth]. They would have been let down by the north London derby. They will have to deal with
‘They’ll be confident that they’ve re-entered the title chase. When you’re wondering if you’ll ever catch them, the gap isn’t going to close to four or six points.
Continue to stick with them until there are nine or ten games remaining.
‘Arsenal won’t run away and win the league, your first title is very rarely like that, you have to go across the line crawling.
They fell apart late in the season and made blunders, but they must not repeat that mistake. Then we’ll see if they’ve grown up. I believe they will.
‘I simply want them to keep their cool and be a little more ruthless. Big tests are on the way, and I’m excited to see what occurs.