‘I Have the Fear’: Gary Neville Shares His Title Race Concern for Arsenal Despite Their Win Over Bournemouth

Gary Neville has expressed his concern for the Premier League title race following the impressive victories of both Arsenal and Manchester City over the weekend.

Arsenal maintained their position at the top of the Premier League standings, intensifying the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s team by defeating Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

In response, Manchester City delivered a commanding 5-1 triumph over Wolves in the evening, highlighted by Erling Haaland’s four-goal performance against Gary O’Neil’s squad at the Etihad Stadium.

As a result, there is now just a one-point margin separating the two teams as they enter the final stretch of the season, with Arsenal leading Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.

Manchester City will be the next to take the field, facing Fulham at Craven Cottage, while Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford to clash with Manchester United, promising an intriguing match given the unpredictability of Erik ten Hag’s squad this season.

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Gary Neville Shares His Premier League Title Race Fear After Arsenal and Manchester City Win

If Arsenal falter against United, Manchester City might clinch the title before the season’s end. Gary Neville expressed worry for Mikel Arteta’s team, noting Manchester City’s formidable form on The Gary Neville Podcast.

“It (the title race) may go down to the final day, and if it went to the final day, that would mean Arsenal have gone and beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford, which we can laugh and we can giggle about how Manchester United have been, but Arsenal going to Old Trafford and winning, that’s going to be a hell of a win,” he said.

“So, yeah, I have the fear that the title could be over a week on Tuesday when in terms of sort of the neutrals, I am neutral when it comes to it, I don’t support City or Arsenal, but I want the title race to go to the final day, obviously. My fear is that it won’t if City win against Fulham on Saturday, which I think they will, and that United take points off Arsenal on Sunday.

“Because I think if Arsenal go the last day of the season and they have beaten Manchester United, this is a massive increase in sort of performance level.

“It is anyway, Arsenal have already proven that they are a different side than last season, but it just feels like there is an inevitability to it that City will just be perfect towards the end or to the end.”

Arsenal have significantly improved from last year, overcoming the challenges they faced as the previous season neared its end. This improvement has made life more difficult for City.

In 2024, Arsenal have only dropped points in two Premier League games and secured victory in their last four matches, maintaining three clean sheets in the process.

Their strong performance indicates that Arsenal are set to challenge Manchester City throughout the season. While their fate is not entirely in their control at this stage, aiming for two wins in their remaining matches is a feasible goal.

If achieved, City will have no choice but to maintain flawless performance to stay ahead.

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