Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 3-0 in their highly anticipated North London derby

Tottenham will beat Arsenal to take last Champions League spot in Premier League, says Gary Neville


Tottenham will now beat Arsenal to take final Premier League Champions League spot, says Gary Neville, with ‘lightweight’ young Gunners ‘capitulating’ as they face run-in pressure

  • Gary Neville believes Tottenham will propel rivals Arsenal to a top four spot
  • He described the North London derby as ‘lightweight against middleweight’
  • Neville says Antonio Conte’s side have the best run-in compared to Arsenal
  • The Gunners take on Newcastle on Monday night before hosting Everton
  • Meanwhile, Tottenham will face Burnley and Norwich in their final two matches

Gary Neville tipped Tottenham to finish in the top four after their impressive 3-0 win over Arsenal.

Antonio Conte’s side produced one of their best performances of the season on Thursday night as they closed the gap to their north London rivals by a point thanks to Harry Kane’s brace and a Son Heung goal -min.

Neville described the game between the two teams as “lightweight versus middleweight” and believes Tottenham have the best run-in ahead of the teams’ final two games of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 3-0 in their highly anticipated North London derby

Gary Neville believes Tottenham will propel Arsenal into top four after win on Thursday

Gary Neville believes Tottenham will propel Arsenal into top four after win on Thursday

Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the former Manchester United defender praised Conte for his “methodical” thinking.

He said: “Conte is the type of manager he would have looked on Arteta tonight, and I think Arteta was right not to abandon his principles.

“He came out of the Pep Guardiola school of ‘we play our way’ and he’s not going to go back owning his box and defending with 10 outfield players behind the ball and saying ‘we’re just going to counter-attack’. They’re trying to push the pitch and at least keep the center line.

‘Conte will ruthlessly return to the edge of his own box. At the start of the game, and I think it was a tactic, going slowly down the back, almost trying to get Arsenal out, knowing it would lead to space.

Neville also praised Tottenham boss Antonio Conte for his thinking

Neville also praised Tottenham boss Antonio Conte for his ‘methodical’ thinking

“It was smart play from Conte, he’s a smart manager who knows the game inside out.” He is methodical in his thinking and the game patterns are there.

“Arsenal came out in those first five minutes almost like lightweight against middleweight where they were quicker and sharper, but then the Tottenham powerhouse gradually started to come on.”

“After 1-0 this crowd was everywhere – it was chaos after the first goal. At that time, Arsenal collapsed. They capitulated in this part of the game.

“Once you create that carnival atmosphere in a pitch like this, and I think calling it a hostile and fierce atmosphere is fair, it was trying tonight. I always thought it would be a special game because of what’s in it, why it got canceled earlier in the season and then what’s at stake.

A win for Arsenal would have seen them secure Champions League football next season ahead of their final games against Newcastle and Everton.

The pressure will be on them on Monday night when they travel to St James’ Park, with Tottenham taking on Burnley at kick-off early on Sunday.

The pressure will be on Arsenal ahead of their final two games against Newcastle and Everton

The pressure will be on Arsenal ahead of their final two games against Newcastle and Everton

Neville says the loss to their rivals will be a “big blow” for the Gunners and that Conte’s side have the better games and will therefore continue to secure a place in the top four.

“You would want the Tottenham games – Burnley at home and Norwich away. Newcastle away [for Arsenal] on Monday Night Football it’s going to be really tough, especially if Spurs won on Sunday…Everton at home on the last day, if Everton need points then they have two really tough games,” he said.

“I think Tottenham will beat Burnley and Arsenal will have to win their last two games – but I’m not sure they will.” Tonight was a very big blow – I could be wrong and I’m neutral between these two clubs – but I now think if I had to put money on it, it would be on Tottenham.

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