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Gary Neville slams Arsenal’s ‘little mafia’ that left him ‘really uncomfortable’

Gary Neville commentating for Sky Sports before the Sky Bet League Two match between Bolton Wanderers and Salford City at the University of Bolton Stadium on November 13, 2020 in Bolton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

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Gary Neville has slammed Arsenal’s “little mafia” of disconnected players. He has claimed Mikel Arteta is at a crossroads of his Arsenal stint. The Gunners slipped to their 12th defeat of the season at the weekend, as they were destroyed 3-0 by Liverpool at the Emirates.

“It looked like a little group of players who weren’t comfortable, like there was a disconnect with them and the manager. Like the manager looked like he’d had enough of them, like he had that glazed-eye look. Look, it’s instinct but we’ve been around football now quite a long time to know when a group of players are disinterested.”





Neville continued: “All the way through the first half I was watching this and getting more and more uncomfortable with it. I said in the second half, me and Martin Tyler could’ve played centre-back for Liverpool. They were really comfortable but they never laid a finger on them, they were under no pressure and it was embarrassing. It was a really bad day. I came away from it thinking, ‘it was a dark moment, that’.

“Like a crossroads moment, a moment where it feels like more than a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool which at the start of the season you’d say, ‘so what’. I think Mikel Arteta will have come away from that game thinking, ‘it’s me or them’. Either they decide to start playing for him or he gets rid of them. I doubt the first one, something didn’t feel right.”

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