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Gary Neville makes new Arsenal U-turn in ‘ominous’ Premier League title prediction

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has now revealed his hopes for Arsenal this season.

Arsenal reinforced their title credentials with a 6-0 demolition of West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

This was a record-breaking result for Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta will be delighted with the way that his side were so ruthless in the way they set about building on their landmark win against Liverpool in their previous outing. 

As things stand, the Gunners are right in the heat of the title race. They currently sit third in the Premier League table, level on points with reigning champions Manchester City, and only two behind Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.

This triumph at the London Stadium also gave the Gunners a huge boost in terms of goal difference. In that regard Arsenal are now also level with Manchester City, and sit just one strike behind the Reds. Given how tight the title race could prove to be, goal difference could yet have a decisive say in who is crowned champions come the end of the campaign.

At the start of this season, Gary Neville tipped Arsenal to be champions. Since then, though, the Sky Sports pundit has flip-flopped on his position. As recently as mid-January, Neville appeared to have given up on the Gunners as genuine contenders, and even suggested that they might finish behind Tottenham Hotspur.

After a wobble over the New Year period, though, Arsenal have now hit an impressive patch of form, stringing together consecutive Premier League wins against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, and West Ham.

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Gary Neville gets behind Arsenal title push

Now, Neville has revised his assessment of the title situation once again, and is very much now giving the north London outfit a chance.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the ex-full-back said, “I had Arsenal as champions at the start of the season, not many did. I still think City at this moment in time look ominous.”

“But Arsenal, I want Arsenal to do it – for obvious reasons I don’t want Liverpool to win, as much as it would be a fairytale for Jurgen Klopp and what that would mean for Liverpool and him.”

“But I just think in terms of what Arsenal did last season, where they just crumbled at the end, I would like to see them this season.”

Arsenal did indeed lead the way at the top of the table for the majority of the campaign last season, before coming unstuck on the final stretch, and being pipped to the post by Manchester City.

The Gunners need to learn plenty of lessons from last season. They need to ensure that they don’t get ahead of themselves at any point, that they cope with the pressure and weight of expectation upon them, and keep cool heads at all times. The experience and pain of last season ought to stand them in good stead to make real progress this time around.

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