Arsenal’s leaders have simply “have not been able” says Neville

Much has been said about Arsenal losing their position as favourites in the PL title race. Gary Neville has had his say on The Overlap. The ex-Premier League star says the failure of the experienced Arsenal stars to step up when needed has cost them. He says, Xhaka, Odegaard, Zinchenko, and Partey have just failed to lead by example. Apparently their failure to do so has seen the young Gunners fail to play at the level they ought to.

“In fact, they contributed to the difficulties they were having in the matches,” said Neville.

“Xhaka at Anfield [referring to the incident with Trent Alexander-Arnold], Partey’s performances in the last few games, I think Zinchenko gave a goal away in one game as well—the Liverpool game and maybe West Ham as well—and Odegaard had probably his most difficult game as well against Manchester City.

“And then, if you think of the huddle that Zinchenko did [against Southampton], and then Odegaard came over and said, ‘Break up’.

“So those four players that are the leaders in that team have not been able, at the moment those younger players needed it, to really pull them together and keep them calm and composed. That, to me, has been apparent these last few weeks.”

Going forward, everything will be said about what was not right about Arsenal’s title charge. Winning the Premier League may be hard, but Arteta and his team need to end the season in style.

A five-game winning streak could be a nice way to end the season. It could set up a blockbuster summer transfer window where Arteta could take Arsenal to the next level, because Arteta still needs to take us up another notch to compete with Man City.

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