Gary Neville attempts to explains Arsenal issue

Gary Neville gives his take on what he thinks happened in the second half for Arsenal against Manchester City

Gary Neville has questioned whether Arsenal simply ran out of steam in the second half against Manchester City on Sunday.

The north London side took the lead at The Etihad through Theo Walcott’s goal early on but the Gunners were pegged back shortly after half-time when Leroy Sane fired home.

Raheem Sterling then scored the winner in the second half as Arsenal’s levels dropped after the break to send Arsene Wenger’s men crashing to their second 2-1 loss within a week after their defeat at Everton days before.

There have been plenty of questions asked of Arsenal and why their performance levels appeared to dip after half-time at The Etihad.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has attempted to explain why Wenger’s men struggled after the break against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday night, Neville said: “On Sunday, they definitely changed their style. They went more direct. They went more on the counter-attack. They played deeper.

“Arsenal have always dominated the game. They’ve always dominated with passes… It felt like they couldn’t cope without the ball in the second half. They would normally run less with the ball.

“Maybe the change of style, because they don’t do it regularly and it was more of a one-off than the norm, they struggled with that.”

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