Gary Neville states his prediction for Arsenal v Man City
The Man United legend warns Arsenal could have a difficult Thursday evening against Manchester City at The Emirates
Gary Neville believes Arsenal could be set for a difficult evening when Manchester City make the trip to The Emirates on Thursday evening.
The Gunners lost 3-0 to the Premier League leaders in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Manchester City won the first piece of domestic silverware this term.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva got on the score sheet at the home of English football to secure the Citizens’ first trophy under Pep Guardiola.
Arsenal produced a disappointing performance to heap further pressure on Arsene Wenger ahead of the visit of Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Gunners lost 3-1 to the Citizens in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season to underline the widening gap between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Former Manchester United defender Neville is worried an early goal for Manchester City could create a volatile atmosphere at The Emirates on Thursday night.
“I think it might go, I think if they concede a goal on Thursday it could be a very difficult, horrible game for Arsene Wenger and those players, and the board as well,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“We saw it last season, I didn’t enjoy it, it was unpleasant when the protestations were going on leading up to the game, the marches from the fans, the banners. I didn’t enjoy it, I thought Arsene Wenger deserved better than that.
“But I can see it coming again this Thursday. The questions will be tough in the press conference now, and they will be tough on Wednesday in the pre-match press conference, and I think on Thursday night those Arsenal fans who’ve walked out of that stadium here at Wembley, there were probably five or six thousand left out of 32,000 at the end, it’s going to be a very, very difficult week, and those players are going to somehow pick themselves up and put a performance in on Thursday.”
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a staggering 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners are 28 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The north London side signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window.