Gary Neville: What startled me about Arsenal’s performance in 2-1 loss at Man City

The Manchester United legend was surprised by how lethargic Arsenal were in the second half at The Etihad

Gary Neville admits he was startled by Arsenal’s lethargic second-half performance in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners made a bright start at the Etihad Stadium after Theo Walcott broke the deadlock in the fifth minute with a close-range finish past City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side couldn’t capitalise on their early goal as Arsenal went in 1-0 ahead at half-time.

Manchester City came roaring back in the second half as Leroy Sane broke the deadlock two minutes after the break to score his first goal in the Premier League.

And England international Raheem Sterling netted a winner with a well-placed finish past Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast after Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Arsenal, former Manchester United defender Neville spoke of his bemusement at the Gunners’ underwhelming second-half performance.

“I’m trying to think of an excuse as to why they were so lethargic, so inactive in the game, and I’m finding it difficult I have to say,” Neville said.

“It’s such an important game, with Chelsea driving clear. To put that performance in for the last hour of this match was startling.”

Arsenal are nine points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 Premier League games.

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The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.

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