Gary Neville has expressed concerns about Mikel Arteta’s experience and claims that his Arsenal team fell short of the top four last season due to frailty. The Gunners lost to rivals Tottenham despite being in prime position to finish in the top four.
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Since then, Mikel Arteta’s team has considerably bolstered their roster, spending more than £110 million on five first team additions, including Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus, both of whom were formerly with Manchester City.
However, Neville has acknowledged that he still has reservations about the north Londoners, saying that he is concerned about their chances of making the top four going into Friday’s league start against Crystal Palace.
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He tells Overlap (via Football.london):
I actually hope so [get the people and fans on board with Arteta], I genuinely do. I just worry about the experience in terms of a young manager. To be fair, it’s not unfounded, the evidence is there! Last season, Arsenal should have finished in the top four.
But, in the end the experience of Antonio Conte, the experience of the Tottenham Hotspur players [meant they didn’t]. In that game, Spurs’ experience on that night it was alarming how naïve Arsenal were and how short they were.