Gary Neville and Roy Keane still back Man City to win Premier League
‘I think City will hunt them down’: Gary Neville and Roy Keane still expect Pep Guardiola’s champions to beat Arsenal to the Premier League title, but admit ‘it will take a lot to stop’ Mikel Arteta’s side
- Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday after Eddie Nketiah’s winner
- Gary Neville and Roy Keane still expect Man City to win the Premier League
- Keane admitted he would not be surprised if Arsenal hold on to claim the title
Gary Neville and Roy Keane still expect Manchester City to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season, but believe it would take a ‘special run’ to stop Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side.
The Sky Sports pundits made the prediction after Arsenal re-established their five-point lead at the top of the table with a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester United.
Arteta’s side also have a game in hand over Manchester City, which could see the Gunners stretch their advantage to eight points.
Arsenal earned a dramatic late win over Manchester United to restore their five point lead
Gary Neville expects Manchester City to deny Arsenal a first Premier League title since 2004
Neville highlighted that Arsenal still have to face the defending champions twice in the league, with the pundit suggesting Pep Guardiola’s team remain capable of producing a lengthy winning run to ramp up the pressure in the title race.
‘I don’t see [Arsenal] going on to win the league,’ Neville said. ‘I think City will go on to win the league. I think what they have got in them is a special run, Manchester City.
‘I think at a point in the season Arsenal will lose one or two matches and City will be right on their shoulders, and it will become very difficult for them.
Neville backed Pep Guardiola’s side to go on a ‘special run’ to ramp up the pressure on Arsenal
‘Arsenal could win the league and I thought they would be nowhere near winning the league, I can’t believe they are in the chat.
‘The fact they are in the chat is incredible, it is not a negative thing for me to say City will win the league, but I think City will hunt them down.
‘They are in with a shout and that’s unbelievable for Mikel Arteta. I was worried about him at the end of last season, I thought it could be difficult for him.’
Keane echoed Neville’s view but believes the mentality showed by Arsenal in their victory over United shows the North London side could claim the title.
He highlighted Arsenal’s response to falling behind to Marcus Rashford’s early goal in the match as evidence of their togetherness and ability to cope with the pressure of a title race.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said he would not be shocked if Arsenal triumph
‘If it was putting money on it, I still think City, but seeing Arsenal today with the technical ability and the mentality, it will take a lot to stop them,’ the former Manchester Unite captain said.
‘I wouldn’t be that shocked or surprised if they do go on to win it.
‘I still do sway towards City after what they have done over the last few years and the strengthen in depth they have.’
Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp claimed Arsenal and Manchester City were the only two contenders fighting for the title this season.
Arsenal earned praise from Cesc Fabregas for their discipline after Eddie Nketiah’s late goal
Redknapp claimed ‘something is not quite right with City’, but insisted they are ‘the last team in the world you want hunting you down’.
Ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas admitted he was impressed by how his former side had handled the closing stages of their win over Manchester United following Eddie Nketiah’s late winner.
Fabregas believes Arteta and his side proved they can cope with the pressure of a high-stakes match.
‘I think Arsenal have enough resources to win the league this year, they have a manager who knows what he is doing,’ he said.
‘The last five minutes they handled the game really well. They know what they are doing.’
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