Gary Neville has said he is “worried” about Arsenal ahead of the new Premier League season due to the lack of experience in their squad and off the pitch, as he told Overlap.
The new Premier League season is fast approaching and Gary Neville is ‘concerned’ that Arsenal are securing Champions League football under Mikel Arteta.
Tottenham Hotspur edged their north London rivals there by a point last season and now they will do it again in 2022/23 – Will it come back on the last day of the season?
There will be the small question of a World Cup break in November, and that could have a huge bearing on how the tide changes in races up and down the table across Europe.
Either way, Arsenal’s aim is to finish in the top four and Neville once again wonders if they can do it.
“I worry about experience and a young manager,” Neville said. “To be fair, it’s not baseless, the evidence is there staring us in the face.
“Last season Arsenal should have finished in the top four, but in the end the experience of Conte and the experience of the Spurs players, that game at the Tottenham stadium, it was alarming how naive and short.
“My concern is, and I know Manchester United and Chelsea are having a bit of trouble knowing where they are, and they could both blow up, but they would have to do it for Arsenal to get into the top four.
“The experience is still not there, both on the pitch and off the pitch. On the pitch, who in this team is going to (drag them on the line)?”
IS GARY RIGHT TO “WORRY” ABOUT ARSENAL?
The former Manchester United defender’s comments are not going to go down well with Arsenal fans as they will be eager to prove the club have improved.
The pre-season couldn’t have gone better, in terms of preparation, wins, goals scored and summer signings that have been added to the club.
The likes of Gabriel Jesus have thrived in Arsenal colors so far, but all that positive pre-season feeling will mean nothing if they can’t do the trick against Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Last season the Gunners were outclassed by Brentford when they opened the season for the 2021/22 campaign and if they repeat that the reaction won’t be pretty.
Either way, whether it’s winning the Europa League or securing an eventual top four spot, Champions League football must now be delivered by Arteta.
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