Neville admits Arsenal fans ‘drain’ him after top six snub

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says that Arsenal fans “drain” him after leaving them out of his Premier League top six predictions.

The Gunners lost their first three matches of the season against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City before the international break.

However, their narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday gave Mikel Arteta some breathing room after coming under pressure.

When asked to make his top six prediction, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons.

“Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them anyway! They drain me! Start winning… I want to start praising them again!”

Meanwhile, former Arsenal winger Perry Groves – who made 156 league appearances for the Gunners – thinks Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was slightly offside, while he was relieved his former club scraped the win.

During commentary, Groves said on talkSPORT: “I actually think, in real football terms, Aubameyang was offside – because he’s a yard offside on the second one that comes back off the post.

“Pepe does great with his shot and Krul gets a great save onto the post, it comes back out and at that particular time Aubameyang is a yard offside.

“Then there’s a scramble off the other post where you can’t tell if it’s Brandon Williams or Pepe who got the touch to put it onto the post for the second time, and by the time it comes to Aubameyang through all those bodies, he’s onside in that phase.

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“So you can understand why the Norwich players were upset and you can understand why Daniel Farke is upset, it just seems in the new rules and we talk about the first phase, second phase and third phase, Mike Dean has probably got that right.”

At the conclusion of the match, Groves added: “Massive relief. It wasn’t an emphatic performance, it was bitty and scrappy at times.

“This was a game that Arsenal just needed to win to give themselves a building block. They probably just shaded it on chances created in the second-half.

“Mikel Arteta will be pleased his captain and goalscorer has scored. It just takes the pressure off, just temporarily.”

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