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Neville makes the top four prediction

Gary Neville has backed Arsenal to finish in the top four but won’t be surprised if they “fall apart at the end of the season”.

The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League having won 11 of their first 13 games.

They pulled off a conspicuous win against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, beating champions Manchester City to return to the top.

11 points separate them from fifth-place Manchester United, while they are eight ahead of arch-rivals Tottenham with one game remaining.

After blowing the chance to finish fourth last year, many now see Arsenal as a true title contender for Manchester City.

Liverpool have started the season very slowly, while Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter have been in charge of Manchester United and Chelsea, respectively, for too long.

Tottenham will be up there at the end of the season, but their style of play and consistency leaves a lot to be desired.

As a result, Arsenal are practically destined to end up inside those elusive Champions League spots.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has previously insisted Mikel Arteta’s side could still finish outside the top four, but has now said he sees them finishing fourth at worst.

Speaking in October, he said: “I don’t think Liverpool will finish in the top four, and Arsenal could still finish outside the top four too, but I’ll put [them] For now just to keep all Arsenal fans happy!

“I look at Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool; It’s still a great job for Arsenal. [to finish in the top four].”

And now Neville has changed his tune, but has said the calendar in February and March will show everyone “what Arsenal is made of”.

The former England defender insists Arsenal have shown over the years that they often “fall apart at the end of the season”, which plays into his doubts about their chances of a title and top four finish.

“Last season we had our reservations about Mikel Arteta, but we wanted to be proven wrong because I like the manager and his style of football,” Neville said. the overlap.

“We have 25 games left in the season, with the massive interruption of the World Cup, but I see Arsenal in the top four this season.

“If Arsenal lose a couple of games and the teams under you win those games, the pressure now mounts and that’s when we’ll find out if Arsenal can handle the pressure.

“The big moment will come in February and March where we will see what Arsenal is made of.

“The only thing that Arsenal has shown in recent years is that it falls apart at the end of the season, until they see that they don’t, I still have that doubt.

“Why would not?”

Arsenal host Brighton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night before completing their pre-World Cup schedule against struggling Wolves in the Premier League.

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