Speaking on Friday Night Football on Sky Sports before Arsenal’s opening Premier League match of the season at Crystal Palace, the former Manchester United defender thinks the Gunners ‘have’ to finish in the top four this campaign.
Neville spoke of Arsenal’s poor form towards the end of last season costing them a spot in the top four: “I think they do (need to finish top four), last season losing those matches at the end I think they lost six out of the last 12, they folded. I was at the Tottenham match and they got toyed with by a really experienced manager and team.
“Tottenham have strengthened enormously, City and Liverpool have strengthened so you’re talking probably one spot that they’re fighting for. That’s not how it might turn out but that’s how I see it.
“They’re up against Chelsea and Manchester United, they’ve got to win that race against those two otherwise Mikel Arteta will be under pressure.
“The thing I still worry about with Arsenal is that there will be a pinch point in the season where they come under pressure, have they got the experience and the senior players to guide those young talented players through?”