‘I still believe...’ - Gary Neville makes Premier League title prediction between Man City and Arsenal

What has been said about the Premier League title race between Manchester City and Arsenal?

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Gary Neville has admitted he still thinks Manchester City will win the Premier League title this season. Pep Guardiola’s side are currently sat in 2nd place in the table and are five points behind Arsenal.

City were beaten 1-0 last time out away at Tottenham Hotspur and their boss has come under scrunity after deciding to tinker with his starting XI again. Key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was on the bench, whilst defender Ruben Dias was again left out.

Arsenal also lost last weekend against Everton and will be looking to bounce back on Saturday as they face a tricky test against in-form Brentford. The Gunners have only lost twice this term.

Neville, speaking on The Overlap Live Fan Debate, in partnership with SkyBet, has delivered his verdict on the race for top spot:

“I’m a big fan of Mikel Arteta and I think he’s a great coach. I thought he took it too far the last few weeks with what he’s been doing on the touchline, but other than that, he’s done an unbelievable job.

“At the end of last season, we thought he wouldn’t last this season because of how the team bottled the end of the season. I can’t believe what he’s done this season, it’s been amazing.

“I still believe Manchester City will win the league, but the fact we’re talking about Arsenal fighting for the title is a miracle from where they were last year.”

He added: “I don’t watch Mikel Arteta and Arsenal and think I’m watching Manchester City. [Bukayo] Saka, [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Eddie] Nketiah and [Gabriel] Jesus play completely different than what City play.

“City are far more positional and rigid. I see [Martin] Ødegaard has a lot more freedom to move where he wants on the pitch. City aren’t like that, other than the fact that [Oleksandr] Zinchenko pops up in the middle of the field and everybody thinks Arteta’s like Pep [Guardiola].”

City are back in action on Sunday at home to Aston Villa as they look to bounce back from their loss to Spurs as soon as possible. Their opponents head into that one on the back of their 4-2 loss to Leicester City.

Guardiola’s men have been in this position before in terms of challenging for titles. The Gunners, on the other hand, are in unknown territory and time will tell whether their young set of players crumble under the pressure or go on and make some history.

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