'To be that desperate with half the race to go is not a good thing': Gary Neville insists Arsenal's celebrations after win over Aston Villa showed they are 'too emotional' and claims the Gunners will 'panic' and lose title fight to Man City
- Arsenal showed great spirit to come from behind to beat Aston Villa last week
- Gary Neville felt their celebrations after showed they are too 'emotional'
- The pundit still feels that Man City will pip Arsenal to win the title this season
Gary Neville has again dismissed Arsenal's title hopes, insisting that they will panic as the pressure builds towards the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta's side could go five points clear of Man City at the top of the table tonight, should they beat relegation scrapping Everton at the Emirates.
Arsenal showed tremendous spirit to fight back from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-2 last week, but Neville feels Arsenal's celebrations after the game showed signs of weakness in their camp.
The Sky Sports pundit said on the : 'It's too much emotion, too early for Arsenal.
'To be that desperate and to celebrate that much with half the race still to go, it's not a good thing.
Gary Neville has doubled down on claims that he feels Arsenal won't win the league title
The Sky pundit says that 'panic' and 'anxiety' will kick in as the season reaches its climax
'After the Aston Villa game, I can understand how big of a moment it was, but that level of celebration was quite desperate, quite early.
'There was a lot of celebrations at the end of the game. The emotions are something that's a negative, it's not a positive for me in a title race.'
There will be immense pressure on Arsenal to defend their lead at the top of the table, against a Man City side who knows what it takes to lift the crown.
They have clinched the title in four of the past five seasons, twice pipping Liverpool by a solitary point in fierce battles for the championship.
Neville believes Arsenal's 'anxiety' will kick in as pressure builds in the final ten games of the season - pointing out their failure to defend a top-four spot ahead of Tottenham in the last campaign.
He said: 'Arsenal have struggled in latter parts of seasons, with last season the most recent example of this.
Neville felt Arsenal's celebrations against Aston Villa showed they are 'too emotional' and 'desperate'
Man City have won four out of the last five titles and have lots of recent experience in title fights
'This is why Manchester City will win the Premier League, because when it gets to the last 10 games, Arsenal will start to panic a little bit, the anxiety will kick in, pressure builds.'
'If Arsenal do it and win the league it will be an unbelievable achievement, but they haven't been around the block like Manchester City.
'When it gets to the final 10 games and it really kicks in – [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Erling] Haaland, [Ruben] Dias, [Ilkay] Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker – these guys who have been there before, they'll push on. But there are teams who get over the line for the first time and this could be the year for Arsenal.'
Man City showed their quality in a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates last a month - a result that seemed to swing the momentum in their favour.
They followed that off with a draw against Nottingham Forest, which has given Arsenal a big chance of extending the lead in their game-in-hand over Man City, when they face Everton tonight.
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