Premier League Arsenal answered ‘two big’ questions in Man City draw – Gary Neville

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville believes Arsenal answered two critical questions after forcing Manchester City to a 0-0 Premier League draw at the Etihad on Sunday.

“I think they answered two big questions today. One is their mentality. Could they live in a big game against Manchester City?,” said Neville as quoted by Sky Sports through Metro, adding: “They folded here last year and they were all over the place, whereas today they withstood a lot of pressure and looked like a team that could go through a title challenge and have a lot more mental strength. That’s a big question answered, because it’s difficult to come here.

“The other one obviously is the defensive side of things. Last year without [William] Saliba they were harmed and that has been proven today. To me today Saliba was immense, so was Gabriel [Magalhaes], and the work ethic of the two wide players and two forwards was incredible. They really ganged up on Haaland – it was a classic ‘one go tight, the other drop off’, old-fashioned tactic. But they had a lot of players around them that enabled them to do that. They had the full-backs narrow and tight, they had the midfield compact with them.

“The two wide players tucked in and did a really good job, and then they had the two forward players, [Kai] Havertz and [Martin] Odegaard, when it was needed as well. When you’re playing against a world-class player, don’t be embarrassed to think you need to double up. That’s what [Gabriel] Jesus did. Jesus got [Jakub] Kiwior out of a lot of trouble today. He was having a bit of a difficult game early on.

“Jesus was right next to him. [Bukayo] Saka next to Ben White. They did a great job collectively.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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