Gary Neville agrees with Roy Keane on Man City & Arsenal fate in the title race

The former Manchester United stars feel Arsenal can’t keep pace with Manchester City in the race for top spot.

Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Roy Keane were in agreement when speaking about the Premier League title race on Sunday, and the trio all feel Arsenal can’t compete with Manchester City across the whole season.

Mikel Arteta’s side moved four points clear at the top of the table on Sunday following a 1-0 win over Leeds United, while City suffered their first loss of the league campaign when they were beaten by Liverpool a few hours later. It means Arsenal are very much in the driving seat in the title race and face Southampton and Nottingham Forest in their next two matches.

But discussing the battle for top spot, Neville claimed he still thinks City will win the league at a canter. “I still think they will [run away with it],” he said during Sky Sports’ post-match coverage on Sunday.

“Today doesn’t change it, this is a freak game, playing at Anfield. For City, it’s the most difficult game they have. I still think City will run away with it and Arsenal will come back towards Tottenham, Chelsea, United, Newcastle.

Neville’s ex-Manchester United team-mate shared the same opinion. “I still fancy City for the title,” said Keane. “I think Arsenal have had a great start to the season but it’s a long way to go yet.

Salah scored the only goal of the game at Anfield. Credit: Getty.
Salah scored the only goal of the game at Anfield. Credit: Getty.
Salah scored the only goal of the game at Anfield. Credit: Getty.

“You wouldn’t bet against Man City, they’re very strong. Arsenal have improved, they recruited well in the summer, have momentum, the feelgood factor, but you have to fancy City.”

Meanwhile, Richards highlighted that the quality Pep Guardiola has in reverse could prove to be the difference in ultimately choosing who finishes first. “Arsenal have been brilliant and they are different [this season],” he opined.

“The difference between Man City and Arsenal is Man City can afford to lose a few players and still play the same way. If they lose Gabriel Jeus, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko, Thomas Partey in central midfield, all of a sudden they become a different team.”