Gary Neville delivers honest verdict on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal future amid top four hopes


Gary Neville has claimed that Arsenal need to continue their current form if they want to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League standings, winning their last four Premier League outings, conceding just once in the process.

However, they have tougher tests coming up as Mikel Arteta’s side welcome Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day whilst a North London Derby away to Tottenham Hotspur also looms in the coming weeks, two games they lost in the corresponding fixtures last term.

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Now, Manchester United icon Neville has admitted that Arteta’s men need to prove their consistency over a longer period if they want to finish in the top four this season.

Speaking about Arsenal on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville said: “I think now they’ve got a real rhythm, I think obviously the Aubameyang situation is there, it’s not going to go away quickly I don’t think and it will hang on every single one of Mikel Arteta’s press conferences.

“But the more they win without him the stronger that group will get and the stronger the manager gets and his position.

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“I think at this moment in time, he just needs some stability because there is a period and there has been periods in this season whereby when they’ve gone on bad runs you question Arteta, when you go on a good run you say he’s the real thing.

“I just think they need that stability where they go through a good run and not question the manager and what he’s trying to do at the club.”

Source by Football London

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