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Gary Neville thinks Arsenal need to beat Man City for the sake of their title hopes

Gary Neville thinks Arsenal need to beat Man City for the sake of their title hopes

Gary Neville feels that Arsenal need to beat Manchester City in this weekend's crunch title clash.

The two title contenders met this Sunday (31.03.24) in a fixture that could a go a long way to deciding this season's champions and Neville believes that the Gunners need to come out on top to strike a psychological blow on their rivals and set themselves up nicely for some tricky fixtures as the season heads towards its conclusion.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, the Manchester United legend said: "The reason I believe Arsenal need to go to Manchester City and win is because Arsenal have to go to other grounds - Old Trafford, Tottenham. To really change the psyche of this Manchester City team, you've got to damage them yourself and make them believe you're better than them.

"We used to feel we'd be champions every year so when Arsenal came to Old Trafford in '98 when Overmars scored, or in the early 2000s when Wiltord scored, it shook us to the ground and we were stunned.

"They've got to leave as winners. That's not to say a draw is not a respectable result at the Etihad but Manchester City don't tend to make mistakes."

Arsenal and City are battling Liverpool for the title and Neville believes that all three protagonist have "different qualities" that could work in their favour.

He said: "Three really good teams are going for it. They all have different qualities.

"Arsenal are a growing team, emerging as title contenders last season and just falling away at the end. This season, they look stronger, more solid, more reliable.

"Liverpool have this energy, this momentum, this Klopp thing going on, this last dance.

"Then you have Pep Guardiola, a trophy machine. All three look like they have something. They all have to change the mentality of City though, because City have the steel."

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